Hurdy-gurdy player

German
about 1740
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany), Modeled by Johann Joachim Kändler (German, 1706–1775)


Dimensions

Overall: 13.8 x 11.4 x 15.2 cm (5 7/16 x 4 1/2 x 6 in.)

Accession Number

56.279

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Seated on raised base, brown-soled black shoes, left leg over bent right; torn white knee breeches & lavendar coat. Off-white hurdy-gurdy with brown strings & black handle. Black strap for brown back on back, wide-brimmed black hat. Red-striped scarf. From series of Meissen figures based on set of contemporary French Prints called Cries of Paris (Cris de Paris).

Provenance

1956, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lesley Sheafer, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 12, 1956)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lesley Sheafer