manufacturer: Derby porcelain factory (estab. circa 1748, closed 1848);  after a model by: Agostino Carlini (Italian); 

circa 1756-circa 1758
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figure of a Snuff taker, allegorical of Smell from the set of the European Senses, elegantly modelled seated diagonally on a rock with a snuff box in his left hand having taken a pinch in his right, with his coat flared open revealing a flowered waistcoat. This is a “Dry-Edge” model which, with this style of enamelling, is transitional between the early period and the Pale Family figures. The modelling is attributed by John Mallet to a leading Genoese sculptor Agostino Carlini.

The figure of a Snuff taker, circa 1756-58, representing Smell from the set of European Senses, is a hand-painted dry-edge figure considered to be transitional between the early dry-edge figures and the Pale Family figures, ie. painted in a pale palette of colours.

Bradshaw notes the Snuff taker from the set of Five Senses dry-edge Derby circa 1755. This coloured Snuff taker is a brighter palette than the one in the exhibition with a puce coat, bright green lining, turquoise cuffs, black pants and shoes, with gilded buckle.
Maker and role
manufacturer: Derby porcelain factory (estab. circa 1748, closed 1848)
after a model by: Agostino Carlini (Italian)
Production place
Derby, Derbyshire, England
Production date
circa 1756-circa 1758
Media description
porcelain, hand-painted "dry-edge Derby"
164 mm
Measurement details
height: 164mm
Credit line
purchased with funds provided by the Nina Stanton 18th Century Porcelain Bequest, 2014
Project credit line
This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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