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)


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

30.328

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain with colored enamel decoration

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

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)

Inscription

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

Markings

Raised anchor

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[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