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Figure group - Alpine shepherdess

Alpine shepherdess

  • Object:

    Figure group

  • Place of origin:

    Derby (made)

  • Date:

    1780-1785 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    William Duesbury & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:420-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 9, shelf 3

Physical description

Figure group in soft-paste porcelain, painted with enamels and gilded, of an Alpine shepherdess with a male youth at her feet holding her hand, and she is seated on a rocky mound by a tree and has a lamb lying beside her, and the youth wears a pink short-sleeved jacket over a flowered waistcoat, light blue sash, and yellow breeches, and the girl wears a light blue bodice laced in front and a skirt of the same colour over a flowered petticoat.

Place of Origin

Derby (made)

Date

1780-1785 (made)

Artist/maker

William Duesbury & Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

Marks and inscriptions

'No 256'
Figure model number incised on base

A cross
Incised on base

Dimensions

Height: 29.9 cm, Width: 16.9 cm, Depth: 14 cm

Object history note

One of a pair with 414:420/A-1885 (Sch. I 352A)
The pair was purchased by Lady Charlotte Schreiber from Speyer, Amsterdam for £15 in August 1869. In her Journals, vol. I, p. 33, she records: 'Our next best haul was with Speyers, St. Anthony, Breestraat; from him we made several purchases, some of them likely to prove good. Two groups of Derby-Chelsea figures, a man and a girl in bocage of leaves, good condition, only two fingers wanting, "Proposal" and "Acceptance" (?), £15.'
Copied from a Sèvres group known as La Bergère des Alpes, modelled in 1766 by Etienne Falconet after designs by François Boucher.

Descriptive line

Figure group in soft-paste porcelain, painted with enamels and gilded, of an Alpine shepherdess with a male youth at her feet holding her hand, made by William Duesbury & Co., Derby, 1780-1785.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bradshaw, Peter. Derby Porcelain Figures 1750-1848. London : Faber & Faber, 1990. 327 p., pl. 270 & XV.

Production Note

Bradshaw - a reissue of No. 178 with the addition of a leafing tree p327 pl. 270.

Materials

Soft paste porcelain

Techniques

Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Boy; Girl; Lambs; Shepherds

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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