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An image of Girl playing the hurdy-gurdy by Mennecy-Villeroy porcelain
Alternate image of Girl playing the hurdy-gurdy by Mennecy-Villeroy porcelain

Mennecy-Villeroy porcelain

(France 1750 – circa 1773)

Title
Girl playing the hurdy-gurdy
Year
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
Location
15th–19th c European art
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

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