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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Figure

ca. 1756 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilded
Brief Description
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
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
Dimensions
  • Height: 16.2cm
Marks and Inscriptions
An anchor (Painted in red)
Credit line
Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber
Object history
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.
Subjects depicted
Other Number
Sch. I 136 - Schreiber number
Collection
Accession Number
414:172-1885

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record createdDecember 15, 2008
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