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An image of Dancing shepherdess by Bow
Alternate image of Dancing shepherdess by Bow

Bow

(England 1744 – 1776)

Title
Dancing shepherdess
Year
circa 1755-1760
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions

15 x 6.5 x 6.9 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2010.207
Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 48 (colour illus.). cat.no. 50