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).
Referenced in 2 publications
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, Sydney, Nov 2012, 33 (colour illus.).