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Bow group of ‘The Fortune Teller’


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Dates Circa 1750
Dimensions
17.10cm high (6.73 inches high)
14.20cm wide (5.59 inches wide)
Origin England
Description This is an extremely rare Bow group of ‘The Fortune Teller’ modelled by the so called ‘Muses Modeller’. The inspiration for this model was taken from a print announced in the Mercure in April, 1738 by Pierre-Alexandre Aveline titled ‘La bonne aventure’ (1738) after a painting by François Boucher (1703-70), for a Beauvais tapestry in the series 'The Italian Village Scenes'. A copy of the etched and engraved print is in the Victoria & Albert Museum. Circa 1750-4.

Provenance:
Sir Jasper and Lady More, Linley Hall, Shropshire

Literature:
Peter Bradshaw Bow Porcelain Figures, p.76, pl.42
Patricia Ferguson, Ceramics: 400 yearsof British Collecting in 100 Masterpieces – for a very similar decorated version and a full description from where this group derives.