KPM PORCELAIN PLAQUE “Young Boys Playing Dice”
Unsigned, 2nd half 19th century
After the painting by Bartolome Esteban Murillo,
very finely painted, depicting a scene of two peasant boys playing dice, while a third stands eating a piece of bread
and is eyed by a hopeful dog, mounted in a gilt-wood frame
Impressed KPM and scepter marks
Plaque dimensions – height 15 1/2 in. (39 cm), width 13 1/4 in. (34 cm)
Frame dimensions – height 24 1/2 in. (62cm), width 23 in. (58 cm)
Porcelain plaque in very good condition. Frame is in acceptable condition, areas of cracking and scattered chips.
Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), “Young Boys Playing Dice“, created around 1675
Although Murillo is better known for his works on religious topics, his genre scenes undoubtedly play a big part in the legacy of one of the most important painters in 17th-century Spain. The artist created a series of paintings, with good-natured humor, documenting Sevillian street life. The main characters of these works are cute kids, who play games, eat fruits with appetite, trade on streets and play with animals. His touching depictions of street urchins, beggars, and flower girls were likely commissioned by itinerant Flemish merchants who frequented the city. While this subject matter might have been familiar to viewers in the Protestant Dutch Republic, it was boldly revolutionary in Catholic Spain.
Item Nr. 1005 (KPM porcelain plaque)