The Music Lesson

about 1765

Made at Chelsea Manufactory, England, active 1745-1769


38.73 x 27.94 cm (15 1/4 x 11 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain with polychrome enamels and gilding

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241B)




Ceramics , Porcelain

Shepherd boy teaching shepherdess to play flute. Figures seated on mound backed by flowering hawthorn. Boy in green hat, richly patterned coat and breeches, orange shoes; dog at his side. Girl in green bodice, flowered skirt and petticoat, green shoes; lamb in lap. Left hand thru handle of basket of flowers holds ribbon around neck of one of two lambs at her feet. Gilt rococo-scrolled base decorated with applied flowers and foliage.
Marks. Modelled by Louis Francis Roubiliac(1695-1762) with alterations after a painting by Francois Boucher "L'Agreable Lecon."


Mr. George Washington Wales; 1895, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales