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An image of Italian beggar by Chelsea

Chelsea

(England 1744 – 1769)

Title
Italian beggar
Year
circa 1753-circa 1755
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions

21.5 x 8.2 x 9.0 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.95
Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

The model can be attributed to Joseph Willems, a Flemish sculptor who was working for Sprimont at Chelsea from c1748 until his departure for Tournai in 1766. The figure is presumably one of the ‘Italian beggars’ mentioned in a Chelsea sale catalogue of 1756.

Bibliography (1)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 55 (colour illus.). cat.no. 61