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Title

Boy playing the pipe

circa 1750

Artist

Mennecy-Villeroy porcelain

France

1750 - circa 1773

Alternate image of Boy playing the pipe by Mennecy-Villeroy porcelain
Alternate image of Boy playing the pipe by Mennecy-Villeroy porcelain
Alternate image of Boy playing the pipe by Mennecy-Villeroy porcelain
  • 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
    Location
    15th–19th c European art
    Accession number
    L2012.131
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    Mennecy-Villeroy porcelain

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    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.

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