Here is a wonderful little man, barely six and a half inches tall, purest white in the style of ancient marble statues (as understood in the 18th century). Usually the Dresden Shepherd, number 55 in the Derby list of models, is found in one of the larger sizes. By contrast, this one is a marvel of miniature detailing. He stands with his faithful dog at his side, holding out a piece of fruit and carrying a basket of fruit and grapes in his other hand. Every intricate detail of his clothes is here: buttons, ribbons, bows, folds of cloth. The scrolling base accentuates his stance. This is porcelain modeling at its finest. Biscuit figures were the most expensive of the figures that Derby made. Only the examples that came out of the kilns perfectly white could be sold that way. Those with black specks had to be colored to hide the flaws—and they cost less than the white ones! Astonishing is the only word for this figure. It begs to be looked at again and again, examined detail by detail with a magnifying glass. Condition is very good: a chip to the edge of the cloak, a chip to his hat and one leaf, and a chip to the edge of one of the scrolls at the bottom.
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