Figure of the Shakespearean Actor David Garrick, Bow Porcelain, circa 1750

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In the white. David Garrick, modelled in a theatrical pose against a tree stump. He wears a tied wig, knee breeches above stockings with incised clocks and buckled shoes; an open, long tailed coat above a waistcoat with lace-edged tails, a simple cravat; tricorn hat under his arm; his right hand in his breeches pocket; his left hand holding the upper cuff of his surcoat. Cream-white porcelain, even glaze. Straw translucency. Underside glazed. H. 8.25 in (21.0 cm).

Provenance: Taylor Collection; Albert Amor, London, 1999; the Yarbrough Collection.

The Cecil Higgins collection example of this figure has been usually described as ‘an actor’ but more recent descriptions (Adams & Redstone, 1981, p. 135; Bradshaw, 1992, p. 88), have suggested that it represents David Garrick (1717-79), possibly the greatest and best known of the 18th Century actor managers, and Raymond Yarbrough, (1996), appears to have established the Garrick iconography beyond reasonable doubt with his comparison of the Collection figure with Zoffany’s oil sketch of Garrick, circa 1763, (Yarbrough Collection). Other examples: (i) In the white: Cecil Higgins Collection, Bedford; illustrated, Bradshaw, 1992, pl 4, ’as Unknown Actor, possibly David Garrick’. (ii) Decorated: Katz Collection, MFA, Boston, painted in muses painter style in iron red, brown, gilt and pale green wash, as ‘about 1752’ (Accession #1988.599).

Details

  • Condition
    Good
  • Dimensions
    8.25 in. H x 4.7 in. W x 4.7 in. D
    21 cm H x 12 cm W x 12 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU315139011151
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