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Figure - A Beggar
  • A Beggar
    Niderviller pottery and porcelain factory
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A Beggar

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780-ca. 1785 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Niderviller pottery and porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste biscuit porcelain

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Lt. Col. K. Dingwall, DSO with Art Fund support

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 25, shelf 3

Physical description

Unglazed biscuit porcelain figure, a beggar wearing a hat and standing with hands outstretched on an integral, circular plinth.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1780-ca. 1785 (made)


Niderviller pottery and porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste biscuit porcelain

Marks and inscriptions

In relief on applied strip

'No. 57'
Incised on side of base

'578 [?]'
Incised under base


Height: 15.2 cm, Diameter: 6.4 cm

Descriptive line

Figure of a beggar in white biscuit porcelain, by Niderviller pottery and porcelain factory, France, ca. 1780-ca. 1785.

Production Note

W. B. Honey, French Porcelain (1950 and 1972), pl. 91B, where dated to ca. 1765-75 and where it is suggested that the model was perhaps by Paul-Louis Cyfflé; however, the object was labelled as 'c. 1785' and Aileen Dawson, Eighteenth-century French porcelain in the Ashmolean Museum, 1996, cat. 219, illustrates a similarly marked biscuit figure, which she dates to ca. 1780.


Hard paste porcelain; Biscuit

Subjects depicted



Porcelain; Ceramics; Figures & Decorative ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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