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Polychrome figure warming hands

Polychrome Figure of a Man Behind a Stove

Every month we present a special object from the Aronson Antiquairs’ collection. This month we would like to show this polychrome figure of a man behind a stove, made around 1765 in the city of Delft.

Small genre figures of this type, often modeled as artisans, craftsmen or market folk, were inspired largely by German porcelain prototypes, which in turn were derived from graphic sources. Probably the most famous group of genre figures is the Meissen porcelain ‘Cris de Paris’ series; the series of Parisian street vendors modeled by Peter Reinicke after the drawings by Christoph Huet dated 1753. By the very nature of the medium, the porcelain genre figures, in spite of their humble subjects, have a certain, if accidental, elegance, whereas the Dutch Delftware genre figures, such as the present man at work, often have an intentional folkish and amusing character.


Polychrome Figure of a Man Behind a Stove
Delft, circa 1765

Modeled as a man wearing a manganese hat, an iron-red dotted yellow jacket and blue delineated breeches, seated on a manganese stem and holding his arms above a circular stove decorated with blue motifs and filled with iron-red delineated yellow wood logs, all on a conformingly-shaped green base.

Height: 11 cm. (4.3 in.)

Price: € 5.800 (appr. GBP£ 5,000 or export US$ 6’200)

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