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Figure - America

America

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    Plymouth (made)

  • Date:

    1768-1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Plymouth Porcelain Factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:684-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case H, shelf 1

Physical description

Figure, of hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilded, of a Native American woman, emblematic of America, from the Four Continents, standing on a rococo scrolled base; she wears a head-dress of feathers and a flowered pink drapery thrown round her over a feather girdle, and she takes an arrow with her right hand from a quiver on her back, and her left hand is raised to hold a bow, and at her left side is a tree stump with skins hung upon it, and a prairie-dog is at the base.

Place of Origin

Plymouth (made)

Date

1768-1770 (made)

Artist/maker

Plymouth Porcelain Factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilded

Dimensions

Height: 31.1 cm

Object history note

The figure is inspired by the antique Greek statue of Artemis, known as the Diane Chasseressein the Louvre, Paris
Purchased by Lady Charlotte Schreiber from Carter, London, for £6 in October 1869. In her Journals (vol. I, p. 57) she recorded 'Now, curiously enough, having ransacked the Continent for months and found no hard-paste English, the first thing we find in England is the coveted article. Carter had a fine Plymouth figure of America, which he called Chelsea, and which we bought for £6.'

Descriptive line

Figure, of hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilded, of a Native American woman, emblematic of America, from the Four Continents, standing on a rococo scrolled base, made by Plymouth Porcelain Factory, Plymouth, 1768-1770.

Materials

Hard paste porcelain

Techniques

Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Dog; Woman; Quiver; Feathers

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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