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Group of lady and servant; hard-paste porcelain; thin flat base; woman in black jacket, hooped skirt carefully modelled to show folds, and decorated in green, gold and lilac, her train held by an African in yellow coat and shoes and blue breeches, jacket and hat; she hold fan in both hands; unmarked.
- Production date
- 1760 (circa)
Height: 15.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
This group was formerly attributed to Höxter, modelled by Paul Becker.
W. B. Honey (1947) ascribed this unusual group with its thin flat base, which is discoloured on the underside, to an unidentified factory, perhaps Ellwangen in Württemberg. This factory was apparently visited by the arcanist J. J. Ringler in 1757-58. Dr. Ducret maintains that in 1757 Paul Becker came from Wegely's factory in Berlin, where he had been employed with Reichardt as a repairer, to Höxter. He draws attention to the similarity of the base of a 'couple walking' (in the Württembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart, Ducret, (1956, pl. 29) to the British Museum figure. Another authority (O. von Falke, Heimatlose Porzellanfiguren, 'Kunst und Kunstler', Berlin, 1920, p. 154) described the groups as from the Wegely factory. Dr. Hofmann apparently considered the group to have been made in south-west Germany. A group of a gallant giving his arm to a lady in a crinoline skirt, which was sold at Sotheby's, 24 May 1966, lot 78, was attributed to the modeller J. C. Haselmeyer at Ludwigsburg. The group was said to be related to the one in the British Museum, as well as to groups formerly in the Blohm Collection, which in the opinion of R. Schmidt (1953, nos. 289, pl. 78 and 290, fig. 290) were possibly modelled by Wilhelm Beyer at Ludwigsburg.
There is little doubt that the manufacturer experienced problems in correctly firing porcelain colours. Both the apparent damage on one side of the lady's skirt and on the base may have occurred at the factory itself.
No other example of this figure is recorded.
Literature: W. B. Honey, 'German Porcelain', London, 1947, pl. 73A; R. Schmidt, 'Early European Porcelain as Collected by Otto Blohm', Munich, 1953, pp. 194-5; S. Ducret, 'Unknown Porcelain of the 18th Century', Frankfurt am Main, 1956, pl. 30 and p. 46.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Presented by the Viscount Dillon, F.S.A., in memory of his son.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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