31 March 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 1,000
Estimate GBP 600 - GBP 1,000
FOUR VIENNA WHITE BISCUIT FIGURES
CIRCA 1790, BLUE SHIELD MARKS, TWO WITH IMPRESSED P MARKS, ONE WITH INCISED P AND ONE WITH INCISED Q
Three of the figures standing on circular plinth bases, the first modelled as Cupid standing with his finger raised to his mouth in a wistful pose (tip of bow lacking, minute chip to left little finger, minor chip to underside edge of plinth), the second female figure emblematic of Summer, wearing classical robes and holding a scythe (?), with wheat at her feet (left hand detached and damaged, majority of scythe lacking, minute chipping to wheat), the third figure of a nymph in similar robes, possibly emblematic of Spring (head detached and element from right arm lacking, possibly a basket, majority of element in left hand lacking, small chip to left index finger), the fourth figure of a barefoot boy in a loose shirt and leaning against rockwork on a circular mound base (right hand and two left fingers lacking)
Cupid 7 5/8 in. (18.6 cm.) high (4)
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For white biscuit figures of similar type, see Sheila Tabakoff, The Viennese Porcelain at Palazzo Pitti (Florence, 2002), pp. 88-89 and 96-104.
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