An image of Boy playing the pipe

Mennecy-Villeroy porcelain

(France 1750 – circa 1773)

Boy playing the pipe

Location
15th–19th c European art
Further information

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 girl playing the hurdy-gurdy (L2012.132) 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.

Year
circa 1750
Media
Ceramic
Medium
soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions
17.7 x 8.4 x 7.0 cm
Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.131