London, South Kensington
14 June 2001
A Staffordshire group of a gardener and a girl
probably Sir Joseph Paxton, the elderly gentleman wearing jacket, waistcoat, breeches and stockings, modelled standing holding a spade in his right hand, a basket over his left arm, the girl modelled standing beside him holding a garland of flowers, on a scroll-moulded mound base, mid 19th century (small chip to underside of base, minute glaze chip to girl's hat, rubbing to gilding and small glaze cracks) -- 29cm. high
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Cf. P.D. Gordon Pugh, Staffordshire Portrait Figures of the Victorian Era (1970), p. I531, fig 60, where Pugh observes that the figure is generally supposed to represent Sir Joseph Paxton, the gardener and architect who designed Crystal Palace.
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