11 March 1996
A SET OF FOUR DERBY BISCUIT FIGURES EMBLEMATIC OF THE SEASONS
Circa 1791-95, William Duesbury & Co.
Modelled by William Coffee, Spring as a young man holding a garland of flowers, Summer as a young woman with a bouquet, Autumn as a young woman with a basket of fruit under one arm, and Winter as a young man with a bundle of faggots on his shoulder, standing on circular bases applied with flowers and foliage (chipping to flowers and foliage), all incised N 123, Autumn with indistinct incised marks, Winter with incised Crown and D marks, incised 773 and 'small'
6 3/4in. (17.2cm.) high (4)
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Cf. John Twitchett, op. cit., p. 139, fig. 148, and p. 150, note to colour plate 32, for Twitchett's attribution of the figures to Coffee. A similar set were sold in these Rooms 25 October 1976, lot 209
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