Lot 2
Two very rare Chelsea monkey musicians circa 1760
Sold for £10,200 (US$ 17,134) inc. premium
Lot Details
Two very rare Chelsea monkey musicians
circa 1760
Both set on circular shaped scroll-edged bases, applied with colourful leaves and flowers, the scrolls picked out in gold, the female vocalist figure seated cross-legged with a musical score on her lap, richly dressed in a pink-lined green dress, her underskirt with gilt foliate designs, red and blue bows applied to her bodice and sleeves, her mob cap trimmed with a puce and gold ribbon, 15.2cm high, gold anchor mark (left arm, both hands, left foot and tail restored), the male figure carrying a pair of kettle drums over his shoulders, wearing a soft pink cap, a white shirt, pink breeches reserved with blue and gold flowers, a matching red and blue bow at his waist, the drums hung with green material trimmed with gilt fringes and tassels, standing by a tree trunk applied with blue florets, 14.8cm high, (drums restored) (2)


  • Illustrated by Bradshaw (1981), frontispiece and colour plate D. The source for these models is the set of Monkey Band figures modelled by Kändler at Meissen, circa 1749-55, and Kändler in turn may have been inspired by the murals designed by Christophe Huet circa 1740 for the Prince de Condé at the chateau de Chantilly. They were rarely copied by the English factories in the 18th century, although some are known in Chelsea, Derby and Bow. A group of ten red anchor Chelsea models from the series are at Colonial Williamsburg, see Austin (1977), nos 121-129. The only other gold anchor example known is a trumpet player in a private collection.