Chinese musicians

Factory Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory British
Modeler Joseph Willems Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 512

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.

#2139. Chinese Musicians, Part 1



  1. 2139. Chinese Musicians, Part 1
  2. 2139. Chinese Musicians, Part 2
Chinese musicians, Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784, Red Anchor Period, ca. 1753–58), Soft-paste porcelain, British, Chelsea

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