Charming early 19th Century English porcelain figure attributed to the Rockingham factory.
This is porcelain with good translucence. It depicts a man (perhaps a sailor?) holding a jug and a mug. The man stands next to a barrel, presumably ale or beer. The piece is painted in opaque colors of blue, green, black, brown and tan. The round base has a gilt line.
The attribution to Rockingham is based on old tags that were on the piece when I acquired it; both tags attribute the piece to Rockingham. I haven't found any example which would confirm the attribution. If not Rockingham, it could be Derby or one of the other factories making porcelain figures in England in the early 19th Century. The attribution on one of the tags to 1820 seems about right.
In any case, a lovely figure.
Excellent condition, with minor paint loss (including on the tip of the nose) and some kiln dirt (in the making) on the front edge of the plinth.
About 4 3/8" tall.
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