Figure representing Air, from The Four Elements, Bow, c.1760-65


This figure, modelled as a maiden, her hair and cloak billowing in the wind above her head, represents Air from a set of The Four Elements. Her dress, fastened by a gold and yellow belt, is richly decorated with flowers and gilt sprigs. She stands beside an eagle on a four-footed rococo scroll-moulded base enriched with blue, puce and gilt decoration. The colouring, modelling and base are all typical of Bow figures from the early to mid-1760s.

Condition: The left arm has been professionally reattached at the shoulder. The figure may have been broken from the base at the left foot, but any restoration is of a high standard and difficult to detect. No chips or losses. There are original firing cracks to the underside of the base.

Dimensions: Height 25.4 cm

Bow Porcelain: The Collection formed by Geoffrey Freeman, A. Gabszewicz & G. Freeman (Lund Humphries, 1982).


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