the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

European Decorative Arts

monkey orchestra figures

18th - 21st century
These figures originated in the 18th century, initially by the porcelain company of Meissen. They were copied by other companies and then recopied numbers of times. Hence the variety. Meissen still make their version. The pipe and tabor player was a member of a standard orchestra at Court and is still used today in some orchestras in France.
1753-80 Meissen
1747 Meissen

Sitzendorf

21st century Aelteste Volkstedter
1753 Meissen candlestick
(broken arms)
drum missing
1756-8 Chelsea
   
player
20th century Meissen
yellow coatmissing drum-stick
red & green drum
red coat red shirt red jacket20th century      
player
playerMeissen, 20th c

yellow and red drum

         

Victorian
1880-1920

blue drum blue drum

 

player
player
player
yellow shirt

 

         
early 20th century Sitzendorf

early 20th century Sitzendorf

Sitzendorf

late 19th /early 20th Century
20th century
20th century
20th century
1950's copy,
Andrea by Sadek
no pipe
vestige of drumstick

 

1950's
1950's1950's
1950's  
     

Please note that all these images are copyright.
Contact the museum or library concerned if you would like a larger copy or a better resolution image. If no link is given the item was sold at auction, sometimes individually and sometimes as part of a collection of monkey orchestra figures.


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