~ An English Early c1770 Derby Porcelain Patch Mark Figure of Venus and Cupid ~
The figure is soft-paste porcelain and painted in green, pink, orange, yellow and gold enamels. The underside is unglazed with a large ventilation hole in the middle. Venus stands with her left foot forward, holding a cupid. She has brown eyes, and on her head has a brown band. She wears a white, long flower dress with pink inside.
The underside has three paint patches to the base, typical for early soft paste Derby figures and indicates the points where supports were used to prevent the porcelain sticking during the firing of the glaze.
~ Derby Porcelain ~
The production of Derby porcelain dates from the first half of the 18th century. The production of porcelain in Derby predates the start of the works of William Duesbury, started in 1756 when he joined Andrew Planche and John Heath to create the Nottingham Road factory, which later became the Royal Crown Derby.
~ Dimensions ~
The figure is 7.5 inches (19cm) tall by 3.25 inches (8cm) wide and the base diameter is approx. 2.75 inches (7cm). The total weight is 312 grams.
The condition of the figure is decent for its age. It has some small glazing defects mainly to the back. The Venus dress is slightly chipped. The left arm has been reattached. A rare and highly desirable figure.