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Fine Pair of Derby Flower Seller Figures c 1770

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: English: Porcelain: Pre 1800: Item # 388763

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This is a wonderful pair of Derby putti disguised as flower sellers, dating from the 1770 period. The figures are mirror images of each other, as true pairs should be. Each putti has a basket of flowers over one arm, while a single flower is held in the hand of the other arm. The height is 5 1/2", considerably larger than the usual putti. The bottoms display the patch marks typical of Derby during this period of manufacture.

The colors, which are bright, vibrant, unscratched and not at all worn, (the same can be said for the gilding), include turquoise on the rococo scrolled bases, white, yellow, green and red on the flowers, and purple and yellow on the sashes. The skin has that rosy blush used by Derby. Figures were very prone to damage, particularly broken hands, arms, and heads snapped off at the neck. Those with a bocage generally had an even harder life, with large sections missing, and many flowers and leaves broken off or chipped. The pair of figures here suffered virtually none of that abuse, with only one flower chipped and a couple of damaged leaves between the two pieces.