Presumably designed as a centrepiece which reveals pleasing views from any angle, this enhancing work contains a central opening, probably to take some form of lighting device.
Chinese Musicians, c. 1755
© V&A Picture Library
- 35.7 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £1,000 ( Total: £12,481; Tax remission)
- Acquired in:
- Trustees of R C H Sloane-Stanley
It was made at the Chelsea Factory and it is believed to be modelled as an original composition by Joseph Willems (1716-1766), the Flemish sculptor. Capitalising on the 18th century vogue for chinoiserie, the work depicts a seated Chinese youth and two Chinese women making music while a standing boy dances. Playing a flute, tambourine and bells the figures appear transported by their music-making.
By descent in the Sloane-Stanely family.