The Music Lesson

about 1765
Made at Chelsea Manufactory (England, active 1745-1769), Modeled by Joseph Willems (1716–1766)

Object Place: Europe, England


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

Accession Number


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. Modelling attributed to Joseph Willems with alterations after an engraving by R. Gaillard of a painting by Francois Boucher entitled “L’Agreable Lecon.”


Marks: gold anchor & R incised


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