the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

Europe 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
 
player 1756-8 Chelsea yellow coatmissing drum-stick player  
player 20th century Meissen
red & green drum
player
red coat red shirt red jacket20th century    
player
playerMeissen, 20th c

yellow and red drum

         

Victorian
player
1880-1920

 
blue drum blue drum

 

player
player
player
yellow shirt

 

Sitzendorf

1950's copy,
Andrea by Sadek
no pipe
vestige of drumstick
player

 

playerearly 20th century Sitzendorf

player early 20th century Sitzendorf

player
player
player20th century
playerlate 19th /early 20th Century
player 20th century
player20th century
player
       
1950's
1950's1950's
1950's  
Sadekby Sadek
player
20th century20th century by Mottahedeh  

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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