A Bow white figure of a lady emblematic of 'Faith' circa 1750-54
Lot 20
A Bow white figure of a lady emblematic of 'Faith' circa 1750-54
Sold for £1,260 (US$ 2,107) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Bow white figure of a lady emblematic of 'Faith'
circa 1750-54
By the 'Muses Modeller', wearing helmet and long classical robe, standing gazing downwards, beside pile of books and a pedestal, upon a square base, 21.5cm high (lacking two objects held in both hands, small restored area to back plume of helmet)


  • Provenance: The Yarbrough Collection. Illustrated by Yarbrough (1996), cat 19, fig 108, with later additions of a dagger and scales of justice and catalogued as Justice. Yarborough also notes another example in the British Museum inscribed under the glaze 'Lumen Eclezia'. In the past the figure has been called Minerva and Melpomene. For a coloured example with original attributes of a chalice and dagger, see lot 596 sold in these rooms 5-6th June 1996. This example has some restoration listed to the top of the dagger giving rise to the possibility that it could originally have been modelled as a cross. For a similar coloured figure holding restored additions of a chalice and dagger, see Bradshaw (1992), p 67, pl 18. Charleston and Towner (1977), pl. 137 illustrate a pair of coloured figures of Hope and Faith, Faith also lacking her attributes. For a further discussion on the identity of this figure see the paper by Dr Bradshaw, NCS Journal, vol 17, 2000, 'Faith, Hope and Charity'. He suggests the figure represents Faith and is a pair to Hope (see the previous lot). Bradshaw also refers to a Bow group of Charity, after a Meissen group by Eberlein of circa 1740, which he speculates may be a later addition to this group of allegories, see Bradshaw (1981), p 146, pl 57.
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