- Museum number
Figure of a youth playing a hurdy-gurdy; soft-paste porcelain; finely potted; clear glaze; slip-cast; stands on rectangular base with chipped corners, supported at back by uncoloured pillar; turned to right, right foot stiffly extended; features painted in grey-brown with red lips; jacket with incised details at sleeves and front is pleated at bottom edge and painted in pale colours with scattered flowers; pink sleeves and black pointed shoes with yellow bows; base painted with scattered naturalistic flowers; unglazed underneath; unmarked.
- Production date
Height: 14.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Pair with 1938,0314.90
Dawson 1987 [Comment relating to the pair]
With the exception of one other coloured pair in private possession, this is the only coloured pair of these figures. An undecorated pair, perhaps the same as those exhibited by Winifred Williams in June 1975 in an exhibition of Eighteenth Century European White Porcelain (see catalogue p. 28 for illustration) are in a private collection in Melbourne, Australia. They are shown in 'Flowers and Fables, a survey of Chelsea Porcelain 1745-69', catalogue of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, November 1984-February 1985, compiled by M. Legge no. 194, illus. p. 84. Of the examples in the Victoria and Albert Museum, one girl (reg. no. C. 108-1938) is thought to have been decorated in the studio of James Giles, whilst the white boy (reg. no. C. 689-1920) is not the original pair to the white girl (res. no C. 328-1919).
The precise modelling of the figures and the sure handling of the clay is far removed from the workmanship of early Chelsea figures which (apart from the crown and trident marked class) are entirely different in scale, spirit and execution. Apparently inspired by Meissen figures, and with flower decoration of a type which has been noted on a Meissen group of Winter, they have far more in common with Continental productions.
- On display (G46/dc17)
- Exhibition history
1987 Jun 10-Jun 15, London, International Ceramics Fair and Seminar Ltd, 'International Ceramics Fair and Seminar'
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number