Porcelain figure group showing a person with gout and his family, Meissen, Germany, 1731-1770

Made:
1731-1770 in Meissen

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Statue representing gout-sufferer with family, Meissen porcelain, 1731-1770. Full view on black background.
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Porcelain figure group representing gout-sufferer with family, Meissen, 1731-1770

The statue shows a man experiencing gout being nursed by his wife. Gout causes inflammation and swelling of the joints, affecting the big toe first. Gout is a disease which was thought to be caused by over-indulgence in rich foods such as liver and alcohol. Only the wealthy and affluent were thought to be able to afford such a disease! This statue was made by Meissen in Germany, one of the first companies to produce porcelain.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
A641077
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture

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