For sale is a superb Derby porcelain figure of the famous 18th century English actor, James Quinn, dressed in his stage regalia, Derby date mark 1806 – 1825. He is playing the Shakespearean character Falstaff who is typically featured wearing a plumed hat, richly painted coat, breeches, and boots. He is brandishing both his saber and shield and is posed in front of a tree stump.
James Quinn (1693-1766) was a celebrated English stage actor of Irish descent. The character of Falstaff from Henry IV, part I, by William Shakespeare, was one of his most celebrated roles. Quinn's build and temperament meant that he was well suited for the part. The actor first appeared as Falstaff in 1720 and then again in 1746-47. In 1751 Quin retired to Bath, his favorite city. He described Bath as 'the cradle of age and a fine slope to the grave." So unforgettable was his performance, that Derby porcelain works immortalized his role with this figurine.
This piece was first introduced by Derby in soft-paste porcelain in the 1770s. The figure is reproduced from a popular mezzotint engraving by James McArdell, eventually being manufactured in five different sizes.
It is in very good age appropriate condition, with minor restoration to the tip of his hat and the end of his saber.
Size: 16 ” Height.
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