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Figure of a Bagpiper; hard-paste porcelain; glazed; a boy, supported at the back by a tree stump, stands on a square plinth modelled to resemble a rock; at his left on the base is a branch and four (?)boulders; the base is slightly concave and is reinforced with a semi-circular support; a small circular hole is pierced near one end of this support; traces of pink show through the glaze on the base, tree stump, jacket, hands and elsewhere; maker's mark.
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Height: 19.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This model has been attributed (without any evidence) to J. W. Lanz (by J. Terrason, see Comparable Examples). It seems likely to have been the work of a trained sculptor, but does not share the rather stiff character of other pieces ascribed to Lanz. A biscuit figure of a bagpiper modelled by P.-L. Cyfflé for Lunéville (see A. G. Pauwels and J. van Hoonsacker, Keramik, cat. of Museum voor Oudheidkunde en Sierkunst, Kortrijk, Belgium, 1981, no. 624) may be related to it; a similar version was manufactured at Niderviller in tin-glazed earthenware and in biscuit porcelain (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, C. 261-1951; Nancy, Musée historique lorrain, inv. K. 528, although impressed TDL, this group both looks and feels like hard-paste. It ios also incised [pa ... or possibly ja.... for Jacques [Saly] see cat. 203). An engraving by T. Dumont le Rom(ain) dated 1739, in which the piper is working the marionettes with his foot, is a possible source for the model.
It was a popular subject and a different Joueur de musette was modelled by Blondeau after François Boucher for production at Vincennes in both biscuit and enamelled versions from 1952 (exh. Vincennes, 1977-8, no. 492).
- Not on display
- Part of bagpipe chanter missing; hat chipped, both feet repaired; cracked at back where boy's body rests on stump.
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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