This figure and the shephard boy piper (L2012.84) are perhaps copied from the virtually identical (though larger and crisper) pair produced at Derby c1752–55, possibly modelled by Agostino Carlini. The Bow and Derby figures perhaps both derive from a common source, but no exact Meissen prototype is known. The figures are well dressed and represent well-to-do gentlefolk in masquerade costume rather than cheerful rustics. The figures were later reissued on rococo scrollwork bases.
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Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 48 (colour illus.). cat.no. 50