Chinese mother with two children

English (London)
About 1749–52
Made at Chelsea Manufactory (England, active 1745–1769), Modeled by Joseph Willems (Belgian, 1715–1766)


Overall: 22.9 x 15.4 x 8.8cm (9 x 6 1/16 x 3 7/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel decoration

Not On View





Figure group depicting lady in Asian costume standing with Chinese child by a blue decorated pot of boiling water. Lady wearing a white cloak with sprays of flowers in colors over a brown and yellow skirt. Child’s breeches decorated with sprigs of flowers. Raised and painted decoration on base. A figure of a child forms part of this group but is on a separate base (30.323)


Paper label inscribed by hand: "M. H. de Young / 79A"


Raised anchor


By 1922 and at least until 1925, Alfred E. Hutton, London [see note 1]. By 1930, Richard C. Paine (b. 1893 - d. 1966), Boston; 1930, gift of Richard C. Paine to the MFA. (Accession date: April 3, 1930)

[1] See W. King, "Chelsea Porcelain of the Victoria and Albert Museum", London, 1922, plate 2. See also R. Blunt, ed., "The Cheyne Book of Chelsea China and Pottery," 1925, no. 122. At the time of both publications, this object was in Alfred E. Hutton's collection.

Credit Line

Gift of Richard C. Paine