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Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (factory)
Reinicke, Peter (modeller) [ULAN info: German sculptor, 1715-1768]
hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels, and gilt
Hard-paste porcelain painted in yellow, green, red, brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The unglazed base has a small round ventilation hole near the back. The rounded square low mound base has a tree stump at the back, and is decorated on top with applied leaves, and a red, a yellow and a mauve flower. The hurdy-gurdy player stands on his left foot with right leg forward. He carries a large white hurdy-gurdy outlined in black, and with his right hand turns the handle of the wheel which sounds the strings, while with his left hand he plays upon the keys which stop the strings and thus obtain the notes. He has long brownish-black hair trailing untidily down his back, and wears a black hat with the brim turned up at the sides, a brown waistcoat with gold buttons, a long collarless white coat with two gold buttons at the top of the two back pleats, yellow breeches, white hose, and black shoes with yellow bows.
Meissen model no. 960. Modelled probably by Peter Reinicke after Le Vieilleux, the 8th print in Études prises dans le bas Peuple ou les Cris de Paris, Quatrième Suitte, 1742, engraved by the comte de Caylus (1692-1765), after drawings by Edmé Bouchardon (1689-1762).
Meissen (factory) (place)
Meissen (modeller) (place)
Saxony (factory) (state)
Germany (factory) (country)
German (factory) (nationality)
hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in green, yellow, flesh pink, red mauve, dark brown, and black enamels, and gilded. The unglazed base has a small round ventilation hold near the back
height: (whole): 20.2
mid 18th Century
Given by Lord Fisher and Lady Fisher through the National Art Collections Fund
The British Museum Print Room has a volume containing the drawings bound together with the prints, entitled ‘Receuil de desseins faits par Edmé Bouchardon don’t il a fait present a son ami Mariette’ (BM.Imp. 197.c.8).
C.27-1954 (Applied Arts)