These are perhaps the most successful of all the early Derby animal figures, the spirted modelling carefully observed from nature suggests a sculptor of considerable skill.
J.V.G Mallet suggests that these goats are of a standard that one might expect from Carlini and points out that he could be an excellent modeller of animals, citing a plaster model of an equestrian statue of George III of 1769 that survives in the Royal Academy (Mallet 2003, p. 48).
‘Early English White Sculptural Porcelain’, The Paul and Bunny Davies Collection, E & H Manners, 2020, no. 22
E & H Manners and Simon Spero in 1994
J.V.G. Mallet, ‘Agostino Carlini and Dry-Edge Derby’, British Ceramic Design 1600-2002, The English Ceramic Circle, (2003)
For a similar pair in the Norman C. Ashton Collection, see Christie’s, 6 June 1988, lot 252
Billy goat: restoration to neck, right ear, tip of left ear and upper sections of horns
Nanny goat: neatly through neck, restoration to ears, horns and tip of tail