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Title

Woodcutter splitting logs with an axe

circa 1758-circa 1760


Artist

Bow

England

1744 - 1776


About

The figure was originally issued with a pair showing a seated man sawing timber. Both were copied from Meissen figures modelled by Kändler in 1745. Bow porcelain figures seldom depict artisans. These figures belong to the same tradition as Meissen’s Paris street criers, some of which were also copied at Bow.


Details


Date

circa 1758-circa 1760


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

soft-paste porcelain


Dimensions

13.9 x 5.4 x 9.6 cm


Credit

On loan from Kenneth Reed


Accession number

L2012.87


Artist information

Bow

Works in the collection

17


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 49 (colour illus.). cat.no. 52