Chinese Musicians

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.


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.

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