User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Clown Gille (or "The Rat-catcher")

Start collecting

Figure in ruffed and large-buttoned coat seated on block on square plinth. Buckled boots, hat brim broken, holds box with paw of animal. Right corner of plinth mended.

Signed

Signed and dated on back of seat: WILLEMS 1742.

Provenance

By 1962, Madame A. S. Ciechanowiecki, London; 1962, sold by Madame Ciechanowiecki to the MFA. (Accession date: September 19, 1962)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Lloyd E. Hawes

Belgian (Brussels), 1742

Object Place

The Netherlands

Dimensions

43.18 cm (17 in.)

Accession Number

62.803

Medium or Technique

Terra cotta

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture