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Title

Girl playing the hurdy-gurdy

circa 1750

Artist

Mennecy-Villeroy porcelain

France

1750 - circa 1773

  • 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
    Location
    15th–19th c European art
    Accession number
    L2012.132
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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 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.

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