21 January 2003
A PAIR OF BOW BOCAGE FIGURES OF GODESSES AND TWO ROCAILLE BASES
Circa 1770, iron-red anchor and dagger mark to each figure
Modelled as Diana and Venus, each on a rocaille-moulded base enriched in turquoise and gilt, each panel painted with sisheveled birds
12¾in. (32.4cm.) high, the figures; 3½in. (8.9cm.) high and 6¾in. (17.1cm.) deep, the base (4)
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See Anton Gabszewics, Bow Porcelain, The Collection formed by Geoffrey Freeman, 1982, pp. 116-117, fig. 179 for a similar base.
Offered in New York, the art collected by the Tony Award-winning producer, philanthropist and ‘grand dame’ of Palm Beach
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