Figure of a Miner

about 1782
Made by Ilmenau Manufactory

Object Place: Germany


Height: 18.1 cm (7 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain

Not On View





On small rocky base with small rock support, standing, left leg forward, left heel slightly lifted, left hand on hip, right hand holding the bugle, to his mouth, hair tied in a queue, cylindrical cap with badge in relief, the crowned arms of Saxony and the interlaced initials CA in two small ovals above crossed miners’ hammers, wearing an unbuttoned blouse, leather back-guard, breeches, stockings and shoes.


Incised mark.


Probably by 1909, Otto Blohm (b. 1870 - d. 1944) and Magdalena Blohm (b. 1879 - d. 1950), Hamburg, Caracas, and New York [see note 1]; October 10, 1961, Blohm sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 624, probably to Edward M. Pflueger (b. 1905 - d. 1997) and Kiyi Powers Pflueger (b. 1915 - d. 1997), New York; 2006, bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2006)

[1] Robert Schmidt, Early European Porcelain as Collected by Otto Blohm (Munich, 1953), p. 237, notes that Justus Brinckmann attributed this figure to the Ilmenau Manufactory in a letter of 1909. Brinckmann, who had been the curator at the Hamburg Museum of Decorative Arts, advised the Blohms in building their collection.

Credit Line

Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection. Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger