An image of Girl playing the hurdy-gurdy

Mennecy-Villeroy porcelain

(France 1750 – circa 1773)

Girl playing the hurdy-gurdy

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 boy playing the pipe (L2012.131) 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
16.7 x 7.3 x 6.7 cm
Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.132