Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Red Anchor Period, ca. 1753–58)
Joseph Willems (Flemish, 1716–1766)
confirmed: 14 1/2 × 14 1/2 × 14 5/8 in., 30.2 lb. (36.8 × 36.8 × 37.1 cm, 13.7 kg)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Not on view
This group of Chinese musicians reflects the continued popularity of chinoiserie, the depiction of fanciful figures and landscapes from an imagined and exotic East. The large scale of the figures, the complexity of their poses, and the high quality of the painted decoration make this group one of the most significant and ambitious pieces of English 18th century porcelain.
Marking: Painted in red enamel on the upper base between the woman with a cymbal and the child holding a bell, next to the red flower: anchor (Chelsea factory mark for Red Anchor period)
Frank Stoner , London (in 1924) ; W. E. Hurcomb , London (until 1930; sale, February 1, 1930; to Garvin) ; Mrs. Frank Garvin , New York (from 1930) ; Irwin Untermyer (by 1942–64; to MMA)