National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Colin Templeton Collection. Gift of Mrs Colin Templeton, 1942
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18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor Level 2, NGV International
The eighteenth-century Rococo employed pastoral imagery to conjure up an ideal world where a carefree humanity lived a life of simple pleasures in harmony with nature and with one another. Images of shepherds and shepherdesses evoked this realm of rustic bliss and were a common subject for porcelain sculptures produced in both England and on the Continent. The individually modelled applied floral decorations, known as bocage work, on this image of a shepherd musician by the English Bow factory are a characteristically English form of decoration and serve to heighten the pastoral associations of the image.