A PAIR OF GEORGE III POLYCHROME DECORATED NODDING HEAD FIGURES OF AN OFFICIAL AND HIS CONSORT (4461831)
A PAIR OF GEORGE III POLYCHROME DECORATED NODDING HEAD FIGURES OF AN OFFICIAL AND HIS CONSORT (4461831)
A PAIR OF GEORGE III POLYCHROME DECORATED NODDING HEAD FIGURES OF AN OFFICIAL AND HIS CONSORT (4461831)

A PAIR OF GEORGE III POLYCHROME DECORATED NODDING HEAD FIGURES OF AN OFFICIAL AND HIS CONSORT (4461831)

c. 1780 China

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The figures retain almost all the original paint surface. The staffs are of later date. A virtually identical pair is in the Royal Collection and on loan for display at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.

Nodding head figures were hugely popular from the middle of the 18th century up to the Regency period. Large figures like these are rare, however. A painting from 1764/5 by Johann Zoffany portraying Queen Charlotte depicts such nodding head figures in the background. The Prince Regent installed nodding head figures in the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, and a painting dated 1824 by Henry Winkles and now in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace, London, shows two such figures in the gallery at the Royal Pavilion: they are similarly painted and also hold staffs in their hands.

The official:
Height: 27½ in; 70 cm
Width: 10½ in; 26.5 cm
Depth: 8½ in; 21.5 cm

The consort:
Height: 27½ in; 70 cm
Width: 12 in; 30 cm
Depth: 7½ in; 19 cm

Price: £100,000 +
Private collection, Dresden, Germany.
Hugh Roberts, Royal Treasures, A Golden Jubilee Celebration, 2002, p. 462, illus. 246.
Mary Webster, Johan Zoffany, 2011, pp. 124 & 136, illus. 117 & 126.

Illustrated:
Ronald Phillips, Fine Antique English Furniture, London 2016, pp. 28/29.
Dimensions
Height 70.00 cm (27.56 inches)
Width 26.50 cm (10.43 inches)
Depth 21.50 cm (8.46 inches)
Stock Code
4461831
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