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Title

Boy playing the pipe


Artist

Mennecy-Villeroy porcelain

France

1750 - circa 1773


About

From the evidence of factory inventories, Mennecy produced groups of musicians in the period 1762–65. A number of examples of pairs or groups of child musicians are known, both coloured and in the white, and probably date from this period. However the present example along with a girl playing the hurdy-gurdy (L2012.132) give the impression of being earlier. The greyish paste, prone to imperfections, the slightly dull palette and the absence of cherubic sweetness in the faces suggest a date perhaps shortly after the move to Mennecy.


Details


Date

circa 1750


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

soft-paste porcelain


Dimensions

17.7 x 8.4 x 7.0 cm


Credit

On loan from Kenneth Reed


Accession number

L2012.131


Artist information

Mennecy-Villeroy porcelain

Works in the collection

2


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 74, 75 (colour illus.). cat.no. 88