A Bow Figure representing Air, circa 1760-65

This figure, modelled as Juno, 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 (representing her husband Jupiter) 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 invisibly reattached at the shoulder. The figure may have been broken from the base at the left foot, but any restoration is of a supremely high standard and impossible 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).