Perhaps these are young Ovidian Gods. One seems to wear an animal skin and could be Hercules. The other might be Eros or Cupid. Both have a bow and a quiver of arrows, which is interesting, since you would expect them to have different implements if they are part of a set, as they seem to be. This pair comes from the Frank Wheeldon collection, and when that collection was sold in 2008 Bonham’s attributed them to Bow, but suggested that they were based on a Derby design. I’m not so sure of that description but I don’t have anything better. It’s been suggested that, when Bow closed, some of the molds were taken to Derby, so that may be a factor in attribution. They probably date to about 1765. Bonham’s has sold two examples of the figure with the red cloth, and ascribed it to Bow both times. These two figures have repairs to the leaves on the sides, and one has repairs to the tree in the back. The figure with the red cloth also has a repair to the tip of the cloth by his left elbow. They stand a little over six inches high.

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18th Century Bow Figures of Cherub Archers from the Wheeldon Collection c.1765.


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