Pair of Derby figures of a boy with hat of flowers & a girl with basket, c. 1820


Sweet pair of Derby figures of children flower-gatherers, with a boy seated on a low flowering branch with hat full of flowers, his companion a girl with small basket of flowers and a cheerful yellow hat, both brightly enameled & gilt, on rococo scroll moulded bases. 

Incised ‘No.8’ to each, 

one with a ‘crossed swords’ imitating Meissen,

circa 1820 

She 14cm high, he slightly smaller 

Good condition with minimal loss 

ref. Bradshaw ‘Derby Figures’ p337 for a pair of Derby candlesick figures with the same model, she with flowers but he with grapes, no incised marks. He speculates these are figure 281 in the ‘Figure Lists’, but notes there is no proof. However, he documents the same figures as ‘No.8’, illustrating a biscuit pair. 

They first appear in the 1770’s, copying a Meissen original, and continued to be popular into the early 19th century. 




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