Not many antique porcelain figures are smiling, but this young lady has a broad grin on her face, perhaps because she’s got a playful puppy doing tricks for her. Right now he’s sitting up, wearing a floppy mob cap, and seems to be having just as good a time as his mistress is having. Bristol figures are rarely available, since the factory operated for only a few years. Pierre Stephan is usually credited as the creator of the original model for this figure. He was a modeler at the Derby porcelain works but appears to have freelanced for Mr. Cookworthy, the proprietor at Bristol, and created some figures for him. This one is marked with To on the bottom, the mark of a man named John Toulouse (sometimes called Thibaud or Tebo), who started as a worker at the Bow porcelain factory in London, also worked for the Worcester factory for a short time, then in the early 1770s worked at Bristol. Toulouse was the one who assembled the separate pieces of this figure together before firing in the kiln. Two chips on the dog’s cap have been neatly repaired and repainted, and the bottom tip of her sash has been ended out. The darker blue enamel color had flaked off in two places and those have been touched up. No other damage. Displays perfectly. She is seven and a quarter inches tall.

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Bristol Figure of a Girl Holding a Puppy C.1774


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