Figure of a Gardener

Figure of a Gardener

c. 1765-70

Soft-paste porcelain

Overall: 24.8 cm (9 3/4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. A. M. Luntz 1945.36

Did you know?

Due to the abundance of flowers surrounding this figure, this Gardener has also been considered a personification of Spring.

Description

Even though this figure and her counterpart (1945.37) are not accompanied by a sheep, these ceramic sculptures were sometimes known as “Garland Shepherds” during the mid-1700s. The name derived from a similar set produced by one of the Bow Porcelain Factory’s rivals, the Derby Porcelain Factory, in which the male figure holds a lamb. While these two factories often produced similar sets of pastoral, allegorical, biographical, and religious figures, the Bow Factory was known as one of the preeminent porcelain manufacturers, rivaled only by the Chelsea Porcelain Factory, with which Bow would later merge.

See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic

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