KPM PORCELAIN PLAQUE “The Little Fruit Seller”
Langhamer, 2nd half 19th century
After the painting by Bartolome Esteban Murillo,
very finely painted, depicting a boy holding a basket, overflowing with grapes and pears,
as the girl carefully counts out her money to the young seller, mounted in a carved gilt-wood frame
Impressed KPM and scepter marks
Plaque dimensions – height 15 in. (38 cm), width 12 3/4 in. (32 cm)
Frame dimensions – height 27 1/4 in. (69 cm), width 23 1/4 inches (59 cm)
Porcelain plaque in very good condition. Frame overall is in good condition, with some light wear and rubbing to gilding and a few scattered small chips, barely noticeable.
Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), “The Little Fruit Seller“, created around 1670-1675
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. 2550 (KPM porcelain plaque)