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An image of Sweetmeat container with female monkey by Bow

Bow

(England 1744 – 1776)

Title
Sweetmeat container with female monkey
Year
circa 1758-circa 1762
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions

14.0 x 12.1 x 11.8 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.88
Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

The theme of monkeys dressed as humans engaging in human activities was an unfailing source of amusement to the 18th century. The Bow figures are said to be based on Meissen prototypes. The impressed mark ‘T’ (sometimes ‘To’) also occurs on Worcester, Plymouth and Bristol figures and is possibly that of a repairer named Toulouse or ‘Tebo’ (the latter presumably an anglicised form of the French name Thibault). See also Sweetmeat container with male monkey (L2012.89).

Bibliography (2)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 49 (colour illus.). cat.no. 53

Josephine Touma, Look, 'Porcelain's powerful potential', pg.32-33, Newtown, Nov 2012, 33 (colour illus.).