Lot 162 , An extremely rare Girl-on-a-Horse or Compass Marked group of a young lady riding a piebald horse, c.1755, h. 15cm, losses and repairs,
An extremely rare Girl-on-a-Horse or Compass Marked group of a young lady riding a piebald horse, c.1755, the figure wearing a pink coat and flower painted yellow skirt, the horse decorated with applied flowers, on a rococo scrollwork base encrusted with flowers, unmarked, h. 15cm, losses and repairs,
The Dennis G. Rice Collection of fine early Derby Porcelain (1750-1770)
As well as being an avid collector of early Derby porcelain, Dr. Dennis G. Rice was an academic and wrote one of the key reference works on the subject - 'Derby Porcelain, The Golden Years 1750-1770' published in 1983. A number of the pieces illustrated in the book will be offered for sale.
Literature: cf. D.G. Rice, Derby Porcelain, colour plate A.
In his book Rice writes 'There exists a small group of figures attributable on stylistic and other grounds to a date around 1755. Their distinctive characteristics are that they are are light in weight, have a paste that is dirty and speckled, and a rough unglazed dirty surface under a base which is scrolled and rococo in form. Some of the models have a mark consisting of a circle containing a triangle but the more observant as a letter Y. All the examples so far recorded are modelled with a remarkable flair in a style not seen elsewhere in English porcelain.
...none of the models is to be found either as a a dry-edge or Duesbury figure. This complete isolation from what went before and what came after is indeed remarkable if a Derby attribution is correct. An alternative theory is that the 'Girl-on-a-horse' factory figures originated at Crisp's porcelain factory in Vauxhall.
The Vauxhall factory was run by Nicholas Crisp (about 1704-1774). He was a member of the Society of Arts, which was established in 1754 to encourage British industries faced with foreign competition. Crisp was representative of the commercially-minded entrepreneurs who founded the English porcelain industry.
ex Winifred Williams, Nov. 1979 for £1,100.
The figure is missing both arms, the head has been messily re-glued with old discoloured restoration around the neck. The horse has losses to its bridle, both ears and its left front leg. Fritting to the glaze all over.
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Sold for £13,000