This is a truly beautiful Derby figure of superb quality that we believe to be early Derby dating circa late 18th century. He bears the N.314 incised mark typical of early Derby figures.
The Gentleman sits on an upholstered chair with his right leg resting on his left knee and his left hand holding his ankle. He is holding a floral posey in his extended right hand.
The figure is raised above a naturalistic base dotted profusely with similar posey’s.
He is beautifully presented in period dress, in a red coat, white shirt, gold waiscoat and yellow striped breeches.
He is a nice weight and his facial detail is superb as is his ribboned hair.
A quality piece and apart from a two small areas of restoration he seems to be in excellent condition.
– Very Good Restored Condition
– No chips. Crack to wrist of right hand
– Some chipping to floral posey’s
– Nothing that detracts from the beauty or presentation quality of the figure
Makers Marks :
– Bearing rare Derby Porcelain incised ‘N.314’ to the base.
– Dating c1770 .
Size & Weight :
– Stands: 15cm tall on a 9cm diameter base.
– Unpacked Weight: 530 gms
Derby Porcelain began production c1750 and is still producing quality porcelain today.
Also known as Royal Crown Derby the manufacturer produced some of the most beautiful and sought after porcelain ever made.
The Huguenot Andrew Planche, established the first china works in Derby and Planche’s beautiful figures led to a tie up with William Duesbury, who eventually became the guiding light in the very successful Derby porcelain partnership.
Derby initially concentrated on figures, vases and cabinet wares with Meissen and later Sevres providing inspiration.
Later ceramic artists like William Billingsley, William (Quaker) Pegg and Cuthbert Gresley produced astounding porcelain that makes antique Derby porcelain highly sought after by figurine and porcelain collectors the World over.
Derby Porcelain marks can vary but most follow the same theme of a cypher surmounted by a crown, aside from early figures that can be identified by incised numbers or three patch or kiln marks on the base