Dutch Dancers

Figure Group
1750-1751 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This incomplete group of figures should be viewed side by side with the complete group, known as 'Dutch Dancers' (museum number C.14-1951)

European ceramic factories began to produce porcelain in the first quarter of the 18th century; after that time, porcelain figures and designs made in Europe became a model and source of inspiration for Chinese export porcelain.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Porcelain, originally with decoration in overglaze enamel
Brief Description
Figure group, 'Dutch Dancers'; China, 1750-1752
Physical Description
Figure group, of a male and female figure dancing, on a small round pedestal. Originally polychrome, the group has lost all coloured decoration, and is now white/grey, with patches of encrustation. Both figures have lost their heads, the raised foot and an arm.
Dimensions
  • Height: 15cm
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
Credit line
Anthony du Boulay Gift
Object history
Recovered from the wreck of the Geldermalsen, the Dutch East-Indiaman that ran aground and sank in the South China seas on the night of 3rd/4th January 1752.
Summary
This incomplete group of figures should be viewed side by side with the complete group, known as 'Dutch Dancers' (museum number C.14-1951)



European ceramic factories began to produce porcelain in the first quarter of the 18th century; after that time, porcelain figures and designs made in Europe became a model and source of inspiration for Chinese export porcelain.
Bibliographic Reference
Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, p.76, pl.106
Collection
Accession Number
FE.155-1988

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record createdApril 5, 2000
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