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Figural candlestick - Spring

Spring

  • Object:

    Figural candlestick

  • Place of origin:

    Plymouth (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 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:

    414:687-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 12, shelf 4

Physical description

Candlestick, of hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilded, formed as a figure of a woman with flowers, emblematic of Spring; she stands in front of a flowering tree on a high pedestal, covered with applied flowers and resting on symmetrical rococo scrolled feet; the trunk of the tree forms a support for the candle nozzle, which is missing; the woman holds up a stem of flowers with her right hand, and with her left supports a plant in a basket on her hips; she is dressed in a red hat and shoes, a green bodice with a gold floral pattern on the front, a mauve scarf thrown round her shoulder, and a white apron over a skirt decorated with flowers, and sprays of flowers are also painted in white slip on her apron.

Place of Origin

Plymouth (made)

Date

ca. 1770 (made)

Artist/maker

Plymouth Porcelain Factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilded

Dimensions

Height: 24.4 cm

Object history note

One of a pair with 414:687/A-1885 (Sch. I 704A); on this, however, see below.
Lady Charlotte Schreiber purchased one of these figures from Walker, Bath, for £9 in April 1869, and the other from Button, Brighton, for £21 in May 1874

Descriptive line

Candlestick, in hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilded, formed as a figure of a woman with flowers, emblematic of Spring, made by Plymouth Porcelain Factory, Plymouth, ca. 1770

Materials

Porcelain; Slip

Techniques

Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Basket; Woman; Flowers

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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