Figure: Smell C1753

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Soft Paste Porcelain

Figure: Smell

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A Young ywoman raising a flower to her nose, as Smelling  from a set of the senses.

Dressed in a flowing low-cut gown with puff sleeves and seated on a low mound against a tree stump; her head inclined to the right, and her right elbow resting on a truncated branch, she holds an apron of large headed flowers with her left hand.

The figure is an early example, in the white, and with traces remaining of raised outline decoration in bianco sopra bianco. Very heavily moulded, in a coarse dense body, with grey, slightly drab glaze. Green translucency. Base unglazed. H. 4.4 in (11.0 cm).

Provenance: with the Connoisseurs’ Store, Melbourne, 1974.

A set of the five senses, as circa 1754, in the white, including a later version of this figure, Bradshaw 1992, B44, #98-102, p.126-127; a pair, emblematic of ‘Hearing’ and ‘Taste’ from a later set, circa 1755-60, in the white, with metal mounts and porcelain flowers, Stoner, 1955, Plate 77; and Touch, circa 1765, as a young woman with a greyhound (?), elaborately enamelled in colours and gilt; Museum of London, A9724. The figures probably derive from 17th Century French engravings, after bronzes or through Meissen intermediaries.

We ahve dated this figure C1750-1752 but there is strong feeling it's earlier than that.

Additional Information

Item# 4847
Manufacturer Bow Porcelain Factory
Year C1753
Height No
Width 4.4"
Diameter No
Shape Number No

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