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Boy representing Africa from a set of Continents or Four Quarters of the Globe: EC.6C-1943

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Titles

Boy representing Africa from a set of Continents or Four Quarters of the Globe

Maker(s)

Derby Porcelain Factory (Factory)
William Duesbury & Co. (Proprietor)

Description

Soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels, and gilt; inscribed 'AFRICA' on the front of the base

Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast with applied details, painted over lead-glaze in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, dark pink, red, and black enamels, and gilt. The closed underside has three patch marks and a small circular ventilation hole near the back. The approximately circular base has slightly incurved sides with three kidney-shaped holes between scrolls on each side, and at the front, an asymmetrical cartouche inscribed ‘AFRICA’ in gold. At the back there is a low tree stump covered in applied flowers and foliage. In front of it stands a lion with its head on the viewer’s right. The young black boy stands on his right leg with his left bent and resting on the lion’s back. He looks towards his right, and holds a lobster in his right hand in front of him, and, with his left arm holds a cornucopia filled with corn and flowers to his left side. He has black skin and wears a cream and pale orange elephant’s head headdress, a coral necklace, and a pink and turquoise drape with gold edges. There are groups of orange and yellow, and dark pink and yellow flowers and leaves on the ground in front of him. The base is picked out in turquoise, pink, and gold.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Angus W.C. Crisp in memory of his father, George Crisp

Measurements and weight

Height: 8 7/8 in

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1943-05-29) by Crisp, Angus William Clabbon

Dating

Late 18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD/CE 1780

Note

The figure of Africa derives ultimately from the representation in Cesare Ripa’s Iconologia, 1593, the first illustrated edition of which was published in Rome in 1603. It shows Africa as a woman with an elephant headdress, holding a lobster in her right hand and a cornucopia in her left, and having a lion behind her. The porcelain model also resembles the marble statue without a cornucopia or lobster in the garden at Versailles, begun by Sibrayque and completed by Jean Cornu (1650-1710) in 1682.. The Derby Continents may have been inspired by one of several Meissen sets of seated or standing figures modelled c. 1745-50, by J.J. Kaendler, P. Reinicke, and F.E. Meyer, but their immediate prototype appears to have been a set of Chelsea Continents of c. 1758-9.

School or Style

Rococo

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamel ( blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, dark pink, red, and black) gold

Materials used in production

clear, presumed lead Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip casting : Soft-paste porcelain slip-cast with moulded details, painted over lead-glaze in blue, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, dark pink, red, and black enamels, and gilt; the closed underside has three patch marks, and a small circular ventilation hole near the back.
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.6C-1943
Primary reference Number: 76988
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 25 November 2021 Last processed: Thursday 25 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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