You will be stunned by the artistic quality of this very fine, small portrait on porcelain. Signed and dated by the artist, with the name of the sitter to the reverse...they really do not come much better than this.
This absolutely stunning portrait was painted in England during the 19th century, in the year 1837. The William IV era portrait is by the celebrated artist William Corden the Elder (b 1795 – d 1867) who was a professional English portraitist and miniaturist most well-known for his accomplished portraits.
William Corden was apprenticed at the Derby porcelain factory under Robert Bloor and became one of the most important artists working at Derby porcelain, hand decorating some of the finest services.
William Corden the Elder painted his largest works in oil; however he is most well-known for his fine portraits produced on porcelain. Few artists painted their works on porcelain, with most miniaturists favouring paper/card natural wafer. Painting on porcelain was high risk, with the artist first having to paint the portrait and then having to glaze the portrait before firing it in the kiln. This work could only be undertaken by a talented artist with an in depth knowledge of the behaviour of porcelain when fired in the kiln.
William married Esther Corden, née Simpson in Derby on the 25th of September 1816; during the next year he went on to leave Derby and rent an artist's studio at 51 Oxford Street, London where he began working professionally as an artist in his own right. By 1831, William had moved his family to Windsor living first at 17, Brunswick Terrace, New Windsor and then Vine Cottage in Old Windsor. William Corden’s son William Corden the Younger followed in his father’s footsteps in also becoming a professional artist.
The named sitter is Elizabeth Goore Pollock, née Atkinson (b 1785 – d 1841). Elizabeth was the wife of Sir David Pollock (b 1780 – d 1847). Sir David Pollock was a barrister who came from an esteemed family of lawyers, that being the Pollock family of Balgray, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. He was educated at St Paul’s School and Edinburgh University; he was called to the bar in 1803 at Middle Temple. David Pollock was knighted on the 2nd of September 1846 when he became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Bombay, India.
Sir David Pollock siblings include Sir Jonathan Frederick Pollock, 1st Baronet, PC (b September 1783 – d 1870) who was a British lawyer and Tory politician and Field Marshal Sir George Pollock, 1st Baronet GCB GCSI (b 1786 – d 1872), a man with an extensive career in the British Army and later the East India Company.
The portrait features the sitter sat on a chaise lounge wearing a black dress with a fur stole wrapped around her. The attention to detail is astonishing, having retailed many portrait miniatures over the years this is easily the most impressive portrait we have acquired. The face has been painted so well that it really feels as though the sitter is looking back at you. The curls in her hair have been painted with such delicacy. This is a fine portrait by a highly talented artist, a unique opportunity to own such a quality portrait. The portrait will appeal to art collectors as well as porcelain collectors, a truly stunning portrait with an attractive sitter. The painting will display excellently.
The portrait is housed in a simple black wooden frame. The artist has signed the piece verso reading ‘Elizabeth Goore Pollock, June 1837. Painted by Wm Corden.’
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Measuring: 6 3/8 inch (16.5 cm) by height 7.5 inch (19 cm). Aperture width 4 5/8 inch (12 cm) by height 5.75 inch (14.5 cm).
Condition: The frame has been crudely reduced in size to fit this frame. The frame is perfectly stable and displays well. However, if preferred, a new owner could quite easily order a new bespoke frame which would be quite inexpensive due to the portrait's small size.
Shipping: Due to its precious nature, this item will ship via expedited express courier to mainland USA and mainland EU countries only. Buyer is responsible for any import duties, local sales taxes if applicable.
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Antique 19th Century Finest Miniature Portrait on Porcelain, Georgian Lady by William Corden The Elder 1837