Large Derby figure of Falstaff, James Quinn, Rococo scroll base, c. 1775

$2,600.00 AUD

Large Derby figure of ‘Falstaff’, representing the famous Georgian actor James Quinn in the role, modelled standing by a tree stump with shield & metal sword in hand, his tunic painted with colourful flower sprigs, on a low rococo scroll base picked out in puce & turquoise.


Circa 1775

37 cm high, base 16cm wide

Condition: Good condition with sword handle overpainted & damaged, a tiny chip to small feather on hat restored. small firing flaws.   There is a ‘bite’ taken out of the rim of the hat to the left side, but this is actually a factory fault which has been smoothed over & glazed!


ref. Halsem ‘The Old Derby Porcelain Factory’ (1876) p152 where Halsem interestingly attributes the model to John Bacon.

This figure is sometimes seen marked ‘241’ ,and appears on the factory lists as ‘Large Falstaff’. This particular example, with a roughly finished base and very clear modelling, is an early version.

Falstaff was a Shakespeare character in “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, “Henry IV, Part 1” and “Henry IV, Part 2″.




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