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Figure

Figure

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1756 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chelsea Porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:172-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 3, shelf 5

Physical description

Figure, in soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilded, of a male monkey standing, dressed as a man in fashionable clothing of the 1740s, and wearing a cocked hat, a yellow short-sleeved tunic, and purple breeches, and playing a pipe and tabor or side drum, and he is supported on a gilded rococo scrolled base with applied flowers and foliage

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1756 (made)

Artist/maker

Chelsea Porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilded

Marks and inscriptions

An anchor
Painted in red

Dimensions

Height: 16.2 cm

Object history note

One of three monkey figures 414:172/ to B-1885 (Sch. I 136 to B)
These three figures were purchased by Lady Charlotte Schreiber from Willson, London, for £12 in March 1880
Copied from Meissen figures belonging to a set known as the 'Affenkapelle' (Monkey Orchestra), modelled by Johann Jaochim Kändler, ca. 1740, as a caricature of the Saxon Court Orchestra at Dresden.

Descriptive line

Figure, in soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilded, of a male monkey standing and playing a pipe and side drum, Chelsea Porcelain factory, London, ca. 1756

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Melody pipes; Drums (membranophones); Monkey

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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