The Music Lesson
Made at the Chelsea porcelain factory; modelled by Joseph Willems (1715-66)
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.