Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Chinese musicians

Factory:
Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Red Anchor Period, ca. 1753–58)
Modeler:
Joseph Willems (Flemish, 1716–1766)
Date:
ca. 1755
Culture:
British, Chelsea
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 14 1/2 × 14 1/2 × 14 5/8 in., 30.2 lb. (36.8 × 36.8 × 37.1 cm, 13.7 kg)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Accession Number:
64.101.474
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. Francis P. Garvan (from 1930) ; Irwin Untermyer (by 1942–64; to MMA)
Related Objects

Vase

Artist: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Gold Anchor Period, 1759–69) Date: 1756–60 Medium: Soft-paste porcelain Accession: 40.177 On view in:Not on view

Musician

Artist: Possibly made at Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784) Date: ca. 1775 Medium: Soft-paste porcelain Accession: 50.211.53 On view in:Not on view

Miniature seal in the form of a dog

Artist: Possibly Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Transitional ("Brown Anchor") Period, ca.1758–1759) Date: 18th century Medium: Soft-paste porcelain Accession: 61.107.439 On view in:Not on view

Miniature seal in the form of Cupid

Artist: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Red Anchor Period, ca. 1753–58) Date: 1753–58 Medium: Soft-paste porcelain, copper gilt Accession: 61.107.434 On view in:Not on view

Miniature seal

Artist: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Gold Anchor Period, 1759–69) Date: 18th century Medium: Soft-paste porcelain Accession: 61.107.441 On view in:Not on view