An imposing Pair of English Royal Worcester Hand Painted Standing Figures by James Hadley, decorated in pastel colours with gilt highlights, last quarter of the Nineteenth Century.
Superbly modelled as a man sharpening his scythe and a woman carrying a basket of eggs, each leaning against a tree stump and raised on a naturalistic rockwork base.
Condition: Good condition with no restoration. Both signed HADLEY with marks painted and incised to bases, numbered 1292 and 1293, also registration numbers 109821.
Height: (entire as shown on main image, taller figure) 13.5" (33.5cm). Width: (at base) 6.25” (16cm). Depth: (at base) 6.25” (16cm).
Location: Dublin City, Ireland.
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James Hadley (1837-1903) was an English potter and artist and worked at the Worcester Royal Porcelain Company. Until 1895 his work was produced almost exclusively by Royal Worcester, he later set up his own factory. Described by John Sandon as ‘probably the finest English modeller of all time’. Able to work in any form of style required, he is best known for his decorative figures, made in the 1870’s and 1880’s, when taste was shifting towards coloured models from the previous fashion for plain white (Parian Ware)