Here is a magnificent example of the Derby antique porcelain figure group of Two Bacchantes Adorning a Bust of Pan with Garlands, fashioned in pure white, with Meissen-style minute detailing in every facet of its design. Noticeable at first glance is that the floral garlands are all intact, not missing large sections as so often happens to examples of this very delicate model. Even a short glance tells you that there are literally hundreds of tiny petals in those garlands. Once you get used to that, you can let your eyes travel over and around the bacchantes and the herm of Pan and their various tools and attributes, marveling at the conscientious detailing in the modeling. There is a tambourine, a classical libation jar, a staff, etc. The folds of the robes are intricately dimensioned. Fingers and toes are perfectly proportioned. The rocky base has streams of water coming off it. There are marvels everywhere you look. Only the figures that came out of the firing with no blemishes were allowed to be sold in the white without coloring, in homage to what the 18th century thought was the classical ideal (though classical Greek statues were nearly always painted in colors). Truly it is awe-inspiring. The figure stands twelve inches tall and is numbered 196 on the bottom, along with an incised star, which is the mark of Isaac Farnsworth, one of the chief modelers at the Derby factory, so we know that Isaac was the one who put all the pieces together before the final firing. (In fact, you can glimpse portions of his fingerprints on back of the petals and ribbons.) There are small damages here and there, as expected, and one branch of the tree is missing at the top, but this example is overall in splendid condition and a delight to linger over. It comes from the estate of T. Ruben Jones.
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