Royal Worcester Porcelain Pair Figurines Eastern Water Carriers 594 Antique 1917
A beautiful pair of Royal Worcester porcelain blush ivory and gilded figurines of Eastern water carriers, both carrying different water jars that they are pouring into the lined bowls at their feet. This is a very attractive, highly decorative and collectable pair of Royal Worcester figurines - model number 594 and dated with the star and dot date code around the factory mark that relates to the early 20th century circa 1917.
The figures are of a Middle Eastern man and woman, although they have some European features - dressed in gilded clothes, possibly Turkic style. He has a tasseled hat or shashia (chèchia ) a soft floppy version similar to a fez, a long sleeveless waistcoat and knee length baggy trouser (şalvar or dimje). She wears a turban type head dress or shawl around her head and shoulders and a calf length dress. The figures have the very pleasing, muted colour palette that contrasts with the richly gilded clothing.
Both figurines are fully marked under the bases with the puce Royal Worcester mark and the James Hadley design number 594, she has an impressed number 80 and him a number 1. Royal Worcester Porcelain has been made in the city of Worcester, Worcestershire, England in the United Kingdom since 1751.
The figurines stand approximately 12 5/8 inches (32 cm) high and the bases are approximately 6 inches (15 cm) diameter. The liners sit inside the bowls that are attached to the figurine bases with brass screws nuts and washers.
They are both in excellent antique condition, no chips cracks nor restoration, they each have some very minor wear to the gilding commensurate with age and use. Please see the images. Together they weigh 2.4 Kg and are a great looking pair of figures to add to any collection and would look stunning filled with posies on any dining table.
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