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The Music Lesson

Factory:
Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Gold Anchor Period, 1759–69)
Modeler:
Joseph Willems (Flemish, 1716–1766)
Artist:
After two engravings by François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1765
Culture:
British, Chelsea
Medium:
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions:
Oerall (wt. confirmed): 15 × 12 1/4 in., 22 lb. (38.1 × 31.1 cm, 10 kg)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Accession Number:
64.101.519
Not on view
This large and ambitious figure group is one of the most important pieces of porcelain sculpture made at the Chelsea factory, England's premier ceramic manufactory in the mid-eighteenth century. The composition of a shepherd boy teaching a shepherdess to play the flute was derived from an engraving after a work by the French artist Francois Boucher (1703–1770). The skilled porcelain modeler at Chelsea, Joseph Willems (1716–1766), was responsible for realizing the composition in three dimensions.
Marking: Painted on back of shell behind proper left lamb: Gold anchor

Impressed on underside of base: R
Private Collection, England (to Thomas) ; J. Rochelle Thomas, Inc. (in 1934) ; Irwin Untermyer (by 1949–64; to MMA)
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