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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chelsea Porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 3, shelf 1

Physical description

Plate with shaped wavy rim and the border decorated with sprays of flowers and leaves naturalistically painted in colours. The centre decorated after Gravelot, with a scene showing two boys dressed as clowns playing musical instruments with a monkey beside them. The scene is enclosed in a half frame of rococo scrolls against a background of trees.

Place of Origin

London (made)


18th century (made)


Chelsea Porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels


Diameter: 23.5 cm

Object history note

One of a pair of plates, C.119&A-1980.

From the collection of Mr R. Gelston. Sold with other five as the property of Mrs E.R.F. Lindesay, Sotheby's, London, November 29th 1960, lots 151-155.

Descriptive line

Plate, soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels; Chelsea Porcelain factory, England (London), 18th century


Soft paste porcelain


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Monkeys; Boys; Musical instruments


Ceramics; Porcelain; Tableware & cutlery


Ceramics Collection

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