forgery / figure
Figure; chalky white pottery; heavily crazed glaze; girl dancing, wearing yellow bodice with black bows at neck and sleeves, pink skirt with white overskirt painted with crude 'flowers' in orange, yellow and pink, blue dots and green leaves; blue shoes with red-brown bows; octagonal base with tree-stump support; fake.
- Made in: Torquay
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Devon,Torbay,Torquay)
- Height: 136.3 millimetres
Imitations of 18th-century porcelain by post-war fakers
A husband-and-wife team (now deceased) working in Torquay, Devon, were responsible for the chalky' figures, such as this. This piece imitates a rare figure of the so-called Girl in a Swing group made at an unknown factory, probably in London, in the mid-eighteenth century. Pieces from this factory (see registration no. 1938,0314.90), whose output was probably small, have been sought after by collectors from the 1930s onwards.
Compared to the original, this fakes is heavy and clumsily modelled; the colours on the girl are especially harsh and sticky. Much uncertainty surrounds the precise origins of these recent fakes, as their makers were never prosecuted.
Given as study item.
Prehistory and Europe
Figure of a dancing girl; soft-paste porcelain; finely potted; clear glaze; slip-cast; stands on rectangular base with chipped corners, supported at back by uncoloured pillar; head and body turned to left, left foot forward; features painted in grey-brown with red lips; bodice and back of dress painted in pale colours with scattered flowers and has yellow border detailed in pink which is also used to define the top of the bodice, tied at front with large blue ribbon bow; pink sleeves trimmed with red rosettes and black pointed shoes with yellow bows; base painted with scattered naturalistic flowers; unglazed underneath; unmarked.
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Object reference number: MCN16550
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