A Derby figure of Neptune, circa 1760.

The elegant bearded figure of Neptune poised on a seaweed and shell-encrusted rockwork mound exemplifies the Derby output after about 1758. Porcelain manufacture had begun at Derby in about 1748, when comparatively uninspired utilitarian wares and figures were produced. From 1756, under the direction of William Duesbury, the factory output became increasingly sophisticated and began to produce figures in the style of those made at Meissen; the potting finer, the modelling crisper and more elegant and the palette more refined.

23cm. high with an incised script N on the base.

REFERENCE: CER0656

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