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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 53a

Bracket

1757-1760 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
The bracket was made to support a bust of George II, and was probably intended for use in an entrance hall or another, similar private or corporate interior. Smaller brackets were made in porcelain for displaying ceramic figures or vases.

Design & Designing
Similar brackets made in plaster were sold by the London plaster-shops. The closest parallels for this piece are plaster brackets sold by John Cheere (1709-1787), whose premises at London's Hyde Park Corner were illustrated in William Hogarth's satirical print The Analysis of Beauty of 1753. Such commercially-produced plasters were occasionally used at British porcelain factories as prototypes for production, especially for figures and busts. Both the bracket and the bust it supports were probably copied from plasters in this way. If so, the original plaster bracket would have been cut into smaller parts from which hollow plaster-production moulds could be made. Some plaster-makers knew that their production lines were being reproduced by the ceramics factories (and charged them accordingly), but others remained on their guard against plagiarism.

Materials & Making
The bust has been analysed and found to contain soaprock. We know from documents that Richard Chaffers (1731-1765) of Liverpool was licensed to mine soaprock, and he currently seems the most likely manufacturer of these pieces.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions
  • Height: 27.9cm
  • Width: 19.4cm
Dimensions checked: Registered Description; 01/01/1998 by LM
Object history
Possibly after a plaster by John Cheere (born in London, 1709, died in London, 1787)

Probably made at the Vauxhall porcelain factory, possibly made at Richard Chaffers' porcelain factory, Liverpool, England
Summary
Object Type
The bracket was made to support a bust of George II, and was probably intended for use in an entrance hall or another, similar private or corporate interior. Smaller brackets were made in porcelain for displaying ceramic figures or vases.

Design & Designing
Similar brackets made in plaster were sold by the London plaster-shops. The closest parallels for this piece are plaster brackets sold by John Cheere (1709-1787), whose premises at London's Hyde Park Corner were illustrated in William Hogarth's satirical print The Analysis of Beauty of 1753. Such commercially-produced plasters were occasionally used at British porcelain factories as prototypes for production, especially for figures and busts. Both the bracket and the bust it supports were probably copied from plasters in this way. If so, the original plaster bracket would have been cut into smaller parts from which hollow plaster-production moulds could be made. Some plaster-makers knew that their production lines were being reproduced by the ceramics factories (and charged them accordingly), but others remained on their guard against plagiarism.

Materials & Making
The bust has been analysed and found to contain soaprock. We know from documents that Richard Chaffers (1731-1765) of Liverpool was licensed to mine soaprock, and he currently seems the most likely manufacturer of these pieces.
Associated Object
Bibliographic References
  • Daniels, Pat. The Origin and Development of Bow Porcelain 1730-1747, Resurgat Publishers, Oxon, 2012. See pp 271-278 for an alternative attribution to the Bow porcelain factory for this bracket and the bust of George II it supports, another similar bust and bracket in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin and a further bracket in the British Museum.
  • Mallet, J.V.G.. Some Baroque sources of English ornamental porcelains A paper read at the weekend seminar Fire and Form – The Baroque and its influence on English Ceramics, c. 1660-1760, 26th-27th March 2011, published English Ceramics Circle, 2013, pp123-146, illustrates the version at Leeds City Art Galleries, fig. 34, and favours an attribution to the Vauxhall porcelain factory
  • For this bracket and bust, and the group to which they belong, see also Roderick Jellicoe, 'Liverpool Porcelain: Fact or Fiction?', Northern Ceramic Society Journal, Vpl. 28 (2012), pp. 175-190
Collection
Accession Number
C.53-1931

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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