A PAIR OF BOW FIGURES OF A SAILOR AND HIS LASS By the ‘Muses’ modeller

A PAIR OF BOW FIGURES OF A SAILOR AND HIS LASS

By the ‘Muses’ Modeller

Circa 1750
15.1 cm high and 14.2 cm high

 

 

‘The Sailor’s Farewell’ or ‘the Sailor and his Lass’, was an enduringly popular subject for prints and songs well into the 19th century, an early popular version after Edward Thomas Booth of 1744.

A sailor is immediately identifiable as they were the only men to wear trousers or ‘Petticoat trouser’ rather than breeches in the 18th century.

Exhibited:
‘Early English White Sculptural Porcelain’, The Paul and Bunny Davies Collection, E & H Manners, 2020, no. 7
Together in the Raymond Yarborough Collection, Albert Amor ‘The Yarborough Collection, 1999

Provenance:
The sailor from the C.W. Furlonger Collection, Sotheby’s London, 18th April 1967
The Lass from the Rous Lench collection paper label no. 568, Christie’s London 30 May 1990, Lot 384

References:
For a coloured version see: Lane, Arthur, English Porcelain figures of the Eighteenth Century, pl. 40

Literature:
Yarbrough, Raymond C., Bow Porcelain and the London Theatre, (Hancock 1996), p. 85, fig. 117, cat. nos 30, 31

Condition:
Sailor’s tricorn hat restuck, restoration to the back section of the hat, chip on coat restored; the lass with a chip to base

Price: £6,000