A FIGURE OF A PUTTO AS WINTER TRADITIONALLY ATTRIBUTED TO SAMUEL GILBODY’S FACTORY

A FIGURE OF A PUTTO AS WINTER

Traditionally attributed to Samuel Gilbody’s Factory

1758-64
12.9 cm high

 

 

The naked child wrapped in fur with ice skates strapped to his feet.

Hillis (2011) illustrates this figure and mentions that it is one of a group that have a rather opaque white glaze with an unusual pink tint that is otherwise unknown on Gilbody’s porcelain.  There remains the possibility that this is from an unidentified factory.

A full set of coloured versions in the Plymouth Museum (Watney, p. 115, fig. 456, colour plate 32d) includes this model of Winter, but the modelling seems different.  Our figure has distinctly incised eyes and mouth

Exhibited:
‘Early English White Sculptural Porcelain’, The Paul and Bunny Davies Collection, E & H Manners, 2020, no. 29

References:
Hillis, M. (2011), Liverpool Porcelain, 1756-1804 (Ceredigion: Maurice Hillis)
Watney, B. (1997), Liverpool Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century (Shepton Beauchamp: Richard Dennis)
For another variant see: E&H Manners, ‘The Roy Hogarth Collection of rare English Figures’, March, 2018, no. 29

Literature:
Hillis, M. (2011), Liverpool Porcelain, 1756-1804 (Ceredigion: Maurice Hillis), p. 311, no. 7.81

Condition:
Chip to left foot and edge of fur

Price: £1,200