A very interesting English white figure of a lady musician, circa 1750-52
Lot 202
A very interesting English white figure of a lady musician, circa 1750-52
Sold for £2,500 (US$ 4,133) inc. premium
Lot Details
A very interesting English white figure of a lady musician, circa 1750-52
The seated lady playing a flute, her long dress including a narrow cape at the rear, plumes in her hair, the square mound base applied with large leaves and florets, 12.8cm high (minor losses)

Footnotes

  • This model belongs to a very interesting group of early white figures, first identified by Bernard Watney in his article 'A Hare, A Ram, Two Putti and Associated Figures', ECC Trans, Vol 8 pt 2, pp 224-227. Dr Watney discussed the glassy glaze and unusual modelling of the hands, eyes and bases and suggested this group may be experimental early Derby. A companion figure of a bagpiper was in the Peter Bradshaw Collection, sold in these rooms 24 January 2007, lot 48. Dr Bradshaw felt these models, derived from Meissen originals by Kändler of about 1740, may have some connection with early productions at Longton Hall. The use of large leaves and florets on the base of this flautist and on the Bradshaw Collection bagpiper certainly resembles models from the 'Snowman' class, although the glaze is far more transparent on the present lot than on Snowman pieces
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