Here are Winter and Autumn from a set of the four seasons first created by the factory in Derby in the 18thc, but since then so popular that they have been reproduced almost continually. This unmarked pair is probably French, perhaps Edme Samson’s factory, dating to around the last quarter of the 19th century. They are large, about ten inches high, and of superior quality. Winter is a young swain holding a supply of wooden sticks to warm himself in front of the fire. Autumn is a charming lass holding a basket of red and white grapes. Each is a faithful copy of the figure from Derby, so they are artistically comparable in everything except age. The rococo-scrolled bases are also faithfully copied from earlier Derby models. As always with antique figurines, there is some damage and it has been beautifully repaired so that they display perfectly. Chipped leaf tips have been disguised on both. The front shoelace of the lady has two repaired loops and the handle of her basket is restored, plus some gilt wear. The boy has the front tips of four sticks restored. Slight crazing to the glaze in a few areas. In excellent condition, with beautiful faces and active poses.
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