• A Marriage of Collections: The auction at Christies

    Sale 2398

    A Marriage of Collections: The Property of Dr. Julius and Dena K. Tarshis

    21 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 171



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    Circa 1749-50, possibly modeled by Joseph Willems
    Modeled as a head of a young brunette gazing slightly upward and to right, a molded garland of flowers enriched in colors and trailing along her neck between the tresses escaping the knot at the nape of her neck
    2 7/8 in. (7.4 cm.) high

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    The present model, possibly a portrait of the noted actress Peg Woffington, appears to be one of ten extant examples.

    The exant examples other than the present cane handle are:

    1: The example in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London [Louis M.L. Solon, The Art of the Old English Potter, Derby 1885, pl. 11, last from the right].
    2: The example formerly in the Radford and Irwin Untermyer Collections, now in that of the Metropolitan Museum [Yvonne Hackenbrock, Chelsea and Other English Porcelain, The Collection of Irwin Untermyer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1958, cat. no. 7, plate 70].
    3: The example in the collection at Colonial Williamsburg whose curator emeritus, John Austin, attributed the modeling to the Belgian sculptor, active at Chelsea circa 1748-1760 [John Austin, Chelsea Porcelain at Williamsburg, cat. no. 99].
    4: Von der Porten Collection, English Ceramics Circle Exhibition, 1948, cat. no. 283, plate 62
    5: Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 18 October 1955, lot 121.
    6: The example formerly in the collections of F. Severen McKenna and H.E. Marshall, Sotheby's, London, 15 October 1956, lot 28 [F. Severen McKenna, The Triangle and Raised Anchor Wares, plate 14, fig. 34].
    7: Mr. & Mrs. James MacHarg; Sotheby's, London, 10 May 1966, lot 66 and again 14 May 1974, lot 176.
    8: Mr. & Mrs. J.P. Raison; Christie's, London, 20 October 1986, lot 137.
    9: Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 15 September 1992, lot 339.


    With James A. Lewis & Son, Inc., New York, 1949.
    The Elizabeth E. Stewart Collection of English Porcelains; Sotheby's, New York, 22 April 1994, lot 51.