A Plymouth figure of Asia, circa 1768-70
Lot 105
A Plymouth figure of Asia, circa 1768-70
Sold for £1,625 (US$ 2,731) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Plymouth figure of Asia, circa 1768-70
The same model as the previous lot, modelled as a classical lady standing by a tree trunk, an urn in her hands, with a Sultan's turban at her feet and a camel behind, her robes picked out in puce, green and yellow enamels and gold, 31.8cm high (two fingers lacking)


  • Three varying examples of this model, from the Stephen Simpson collection, are illustrated together by F. Severne Mackenna, Cookworthy's Plymouth and Bristol Porcelain (1946) p.83, pl.92.

    Nicholas Crisp of the Vauxhall factory entered a joint venture with William Cookworthy in September 1767 at Bovey Tracey. On 20 December 1967, Cookworthy wrote in a letter describing the London employees, which included Brittan and Hammersley, 'Employ'd for years, in the Chelsea, Bow and Vaux hall China Potteries... one is the (person?) that makes our Images, can do pottery well in Modelling and making Mouldes as well for Vessels in these Moulds'. In the same letter Cookworthy mentions having 'fine Moulds for Figures of the seasons'. This series of the four continents was first produced at the Vauxhall factory, and it seems likely these figures are taken from Vauxhall moulds.
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