Last week, we looked at four related musicians. This week, we have four seemingly disparate figures that again have something in common. The first figure is Elijah, and I have not seen another example of this figure decorated with enamels. I have seen an Elijah from these molds in underglaze colors, but definitely not enamels.
The second figure is Europa and the bull. You will find her discussed in the blog of 5.3.2011. She is the only example of this figure that I have seen.
The third figure is Jupiter, and he stands upon a plinth base with transfer prints on each of the four sides. I have not seen another figure on a plinth decorated in this way.
The fourth figure is a figure emblematic of Liberty in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. This is the only recorded example of this figure.
Each of these figures is rather special. Each is exceptionally well made and decorated, and each is the only recorded example of its kind. The figures share one tantalizing detail. Look at the pattern on the clothing.
In each case, the floral pattern on the clothing is identical or has a number of identical elements. These figures appear to have been painted by the same hand. Because painters could change employers, we don't rely too much on painted details when attributing figures to manufacturers, but in this case I am reasonably certain that these figures originated from the same pot bank. Sometimes the weight of circumstantial evidence tips the scales. I wish I had a definitive answer, but meanwhile I thought you too might like to ponder the problem....and enjoy these four fabulous figures.
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