The grape harvest has come in! In about 1770, one of Derby’s preeminent 18th century modelers, Pierre Stephan, created a set of individual figures symbolizing the Four Seasons, and this figure was styled as Autumn. She has a very youthful quality, and the set as a whole seems to reflect a sentimentalized view of children. The lavish colors are an exciting part of the mix for this attractive Autumn maiden. She stands seven inches tall, and the model number on the bottom, 123, corresponds with this set listed in the Derby archives. The set was very popular and was sold by the factory for a long period, so dating is difficult, except to say that this simplified circular base would suggest a date after 1785 but before 1815. Condition is very good. As usual, many of the leaves at the edge have suffered chips over the years, and a few flowers. Her right hand has some glazing flaws from the kiln, but otherwise she is in good condition.

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Derby Figure of a Woman as Autumn from the Set of French Seasons c.1790.


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