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Figure of a Man

Here is a seated man enjoying a book. Although rendered with simple charm, thoughtful consideration has been given to accurate representations of the man's 18th-century dress. The 18th century marked the beginning of English figure manufacture on a commercial scale. Made with molds, these forms could be reproduced at a reasonable cost, which attracted the middle class, the main patrons of earthen and stoneware objects. Familiar figures of both animals and humans, including men and women in everyday pursuits, appealed to conservative sensibilities. The charming figures of a cat, dog, lion, rabbit and owl in this case represent the English delight in ceramic animals made purely for decoration. Bo...
c. 1740-1745
Earthenware with lead glaze
5.8 x 14.6in
Image and text: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2023

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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