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Bow C1763

Dutch Dancers

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Modelled in dancing positions, each in front of a tree trunk and on a four-footed scroll-fronted base highlighted in opaque blue and pink/rose-purple and gilt; each dancer with one foot advanced, arms akimbo and head turned towards the partner. She wears a white ruffed mobcap with pink ribbon and bow, a black cord necklet, a short sleeved bodice in opaque blue with black stomacher with yellow rosettes, yellow cuffs above white frills, a blue edged floral apron over a pink skirt with darker self stripe, and yellow shoes with blue rosettes. He wears a white black-brimmed ‘pirate’ hat with rose decoration, a yellow gilt-decorated jerkin with blue ruffle over a white shirt with pink cuffs, and a cravat; all above floral knee breeches matching her apron. Dense white body with slightly blued glaze. Straw translucency. Underside of bases glazed.

Provenance: with John Borthwick Antiques, Melbourne, 1964.

A closely similar pair on unusual four-footed raised plinth bases, circa 1762, illustrated, Bradshaw, 1992, Plate 151 (B107) and another pair, circa 1765, similarly decorated as the Collection examples, and on similar bases, but with tall leafy tree trunks topped with large foliate candle sconces; H. 10.5 in (26.5 cm), Sotheby’s London, 8 July 1997, Lot 117. The Memorandum Book of John Bowcock, Clerk to the Bow China works (Bowcock Papers), 7 May 1756, records an order by Mr Fahy for ‘I pr. Dutch dancers'.

Rest Male front right support; whole of right leg overpainted.

Stock Number 4887

Height: 7.3"