A pair of early Bow white figures in Turkish dress, circa 1751-53

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Lot 108
A pair of early Bow white figures in Turkish dress, circa 1751-53

Sold for £ 3,125 (US$ 4,294) inc. premium
A pair of early Bow white figures in Turkish dress, circa 1751-53
Attributed to the Muses Modeller, both adopting a theatrical pose, their elaborate Turkish or Levantine costumes edged with modelled fur, standing on square bases, 20cm and 21.5cm high (some restoration) (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Henry Magee Collection

    The male figure has been said to represent David Garrick in one of his roles as a Levantine, possibly the title role in 'Tamerlane', or 'Beaux Stratagem'. See Ray Yarborough, Bow Porcelain and the London Stage (1996), p.38 and fig.56 for a similar white actor. It is also possible these simply illustrate the popularity of Turkish costume figures. Another example of the male figure was in the Dr Peter Bradshaw Collection, sold by Bonhams 24 January 2007, lot 15. A white version of the female figure was sold by Bonhams 9 March 2005, lot 52. Another pair in white was in the Dawnay Collection, see Albert Amor's 1991 catalogue, fig.37 and subsequently in the Rosalie Sharp Collection, see Ceramics Ethics and Scandal (2002), p.161 and China to Light up a House (2015), p.42, fig.151/2
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A pair of early Bow white figures in Turkish dress, circa 1751-53
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