For sale is this 18th-Century porcelain figurine statue from Derby…
This 18th-century porcelain figurine statue of Minerva which is in excellent condition for its age. Produced by the Derby Porcelain Factory around 1775 and possibly made by one of the figurine modelers John Bacon RA, Pierre Stephan and Nicholas Francois Gauron, who were employed at the factory in the 1770s.
The Minerva Derby Statue
The statue is that of Minerva the Goddess of Wisdom standing on a scrolled-molded base of pink, turquoise and gilt-gold before a flowering bocage. Beside her left foot are three books on which her owl is perched. In her left hand she is holding a shield of war with the head of Medusa on. The goddess is wearing a flowered gown and red-lined turquoise draped stole.
From the Dennis G Rice collection
A tiny crack to the statue’s rear on the stole (approx 5mm see images).
Minerva Statue Size: