European Continental Porcelain Figurine Scottish Gardener Kilt Antique c 1850
A mid 19th century European Continental enamelled bisque porcelain slip cast figurine of a male Scottish gardener in full Scottish regalia: a kilt and sporran, hose socks, kilt jacket, plaid fly, all topped off with a Balmoral bonnet. He is modelled leaning with his left arm on a tree trunk against which his spade leans below. In his right arm he carries a large pot planted with flowers, by his right foot is a basket of fruit.
This very sweet and sentimental, Scottish themed antique figure dates from around the middle of the 19th century circa 1850 to 1860. This is the period when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had bought the Balmoral Estate and rebuilt the castle. She had first visited Scotland in 1842 and they originally leased the castle in 1848. The Scottish Gardener, may possibly be a young John Brown and is an indication of the Victorian love of all things Scottish, led by Queen Victoria herself.
The figure is in excellent antique condition, no chips cracks nor restoration has some minor fritting to the back.
This is a a very charming example of an antique European continental version of the Staffordshire flat back. A great item to add to any collection of pastoral or Scottish themed Victorian Staffordshire pottery or continental porcelain. It could be a depiction of Jock or Jen!
Height 6 1/2 inches ( 16.5 cm)
Depth 2 1/2 inches (6.4 cm)
Width 3 inches (7.5 cm)
Weight 157 grammes unpacked
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