An image of Persian lady

Meissen

(Germany 1710 – )

Persian lady

Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

This figure, together with two others in the Reed Collection (L2012.65 and L2012.67), were adapted from prints in the ‘Recueil de cent estampes représentant différentes nations du Lévant (Collection of 100 prints representing different eastern nations)’ published in 1714 –15 by Charles de Ferriol, French ambassador to the Ottoman court. In Ferriol’s Recueil the Persian lady is paired with a Persian gentleman in a turban. Both prints served as sources for Meissen figures. Ferriol’s text laments the custom by which beautiful Persian women cover their hair with a shawl tied under the chin.

Year
circa 1745-1750
Media
Ceramic
Medium
hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions
21.3 x 10.2 x 8.4 cm
Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.66