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    Sale 1987

    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Carpets, And Glass

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 38

    A PAIR OF DERBY 'MANSION HOUSE' DWARFS OR 'GROTESQUE PUNCHES'

    CIRCA 1785, INCISED MODEL NO. 227 TO BOTH

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF DERBY 'MANSION HOUSE' DWARFS OR 'GROTESQUE PUNCHES'
    CIRCA 1785, INCISED MODEL NO. 227 TO BOTH
    Each moustached figure modeled wearing a comically large hat bearing an advertisement, one wearing a tasseled sash about his rotund belly, the other with playing cards on his shirt sleeves, a cane in one hand, both standing on a grassy mound base applied with flowers
    7 in. (17.8 cm.) high (2)


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    These popular figures are thought to either be based upon Chelsea's models of dwarfs after engravings by Callot or, more likely, the dwarfs that stood outside the Mansion House in London. This second hypothesis seems more likely as the advertisements on their hats seem to allude to the practice of 'attaching advertisements to the Mansion House figures'. See Franklin Barrett and Arthur Thorpe, Derby Porcelain, London, 1971, pp. 42-3.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF LEO & DORIS HODROFF (LOTS 38-40)