If you're looking for a splendid show-off pair of figures for the cabinet, this pair is a good candidate. They were created at the Derby porcelain factory in the third quarter of the 18th century, and for sheer richness of impact they’re hard to beat. These romanticized shepherds are not only appealing in themselves, but they are also framed by a magnificent bocage of branches and leaves and colorful three-dimensional flowers that were all modeled and attached by hand. This pair has the added distinction of being useful as candleholders, but I think they are fragile enough that the various owners over the centuries have used them simply as decoration and display. They are eight and a half inches high. The candle nozzles might be replaced, but it’s possible they’re original. Some missing flowers have been lovingly restored so that they are almost as impressive as they would have been right from the factory.
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