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Figure of the Tongue-Seller

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Grotesque figure with bloated goitre, in black beret, white green-trimmed jacket and pale brown breeches, a dagger suspended from his belt, holding a tongue in his outstretched right hand and a yellow backset filled with tongues on his left arm, a pale-salmon pink cape covering his hump back...

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Green wheel and IZ mark for Johannes Zechinger, impressed G2.


By 1925, Adolf Beckhardt (b. 1890 - d. 1962), Frankfurt and New York [see note 1]. April 27, 1984, anonymous sale ("property of a gentleman"), Christie's, New York, lot 203. Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger, New York; 2006, bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2006) NOTES: [1] He lent this to the exhibition "Höchster Porzellan" (Mainz, 1925), cat. no. 37.

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

German, about 1753


Height: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain




Ceramics, Porcelain