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Title

Girl playing the hurdy-gurdy

circa 1750


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 boy playing the pipe (L2012.131) 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

16.7 x 7.3 x 6.7 cm


Credit

On loan from Kenneth Reed


Accession number

L2012.132


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