Stunning pair of mid-18th century Derby figures of "Liberty" and "Matrimony" decorated in enamels and gilding. Liberty is modelled holding a nest of chicks, and Matrimony holding a birdcage. Both are beautifully decorated in lilac and jade green with the cotton flower decoration to skirt and pantaloons. Set on a small base with simple scrolls, applied flowers and a small bocage.
They measure 8 1/4"-8 1/2" tall and 4"-5" wide.
Condition is very good but there has been some good quality restoration to both: Liberty's fingers and hat and Matrimony's hat, her right hand and around her neck. A tiny chip to the coat of Liberty and a few usual small chips to the bocage leaves and flowers and to the ends of some of the branches. An old hairline under the base of Liberty does not reach to the edges and runs across the air hole so probably from firing. Otherwise only light surface wear; the enamels are lovely and bright.
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