Figure: 29.9 x 14.3 x 13.9 cm; pedestal 10.6 x 15.0 x 15.0 cm; combined 39.0 x 15.4 x 15.0 cm:
a - Urania; 29.9 x 14.3 x 13.9cm
b - base; 10.6 x 15 x 15cm
Urania is the muse of astronomy and hence holds a celestial globe. The figure is from a set of nine muses modelled by Joseph Willems. Two full sets are known, one in the Bearsted collection at Upton House, Warwickshire. ‘A most magnificent Set of Muses on ornamented pedestals of the Chelsea porcelain’ was offered for sale by the jewellers Norris and Shepherd of Cornhill, London, in an advertisement run by the Daily Advertiser on 13 April 1761.
Richard Beresford (England; Australia) (Author), Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 58 (colour illus.). cat.no. 70