Here is a pair of antique porcelain “Rustic Season” figures, Winter with a fire at his feet and holding green holly leaves and red berries, and Spring, with a flowing bouquet of various flowers, both made at London’s Bow porcelain factory in about 1770. The complete set of four is pictured in Peter Bradshaw’s “18th Century English Porcelain Figures 1745 to 1795,” but unfortunately in the book his photo was reversed, so that Winter turns to his right instead of to his left, in real life, and Spring left instead of right. He comments that very few new models were designed at Bow after about 1765. Of the later models (which include these) he says, “Probably the ‘Rustic Seasons’ composed of single standing figures of peasants with the appropriate accessories are the most pleasing of the late Bow models” (page 165). They are about six and a half inches tall. Some aging repairs have been removed and these figures are being sold in “as is” condition, ready for restoration. Spring is in pretty good condition, but Winter is missing both hands and a section of the bocage. Please check the photos for losses and damage. The price reflects their condition.
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