The Music Lesson, England

The Music Lesson, England

The Music Lesson
Made at the Chelsea porcelain factory; modelled by Joseph Willems (1715-66)
England, London
About 1765
Soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilt
Museum no. 414/192-1885
Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

Like the early French porcelain factories, those first established in England lacked the raw materials to make 'true' porcelains. Instead they made imitations, often of great beauty, known as 'soft-pastes'.

English soft-paste figures have a distinctive charm and character, though they often lack the crispness and glittering colours of German figures. The densely applied flower decoration here is characteristic of English taste.