This cobalt blue Newhall porcelain bowl was made by Adam Buck (1759-1833), a Neoclassical portraitist and painter. Drawn by Buck, the painted scenes were transferred onto the porcelain.
This lovely antique porcelain bowl shows sentimental scenes of children at play and mothers cuddling their infants. The vibrant colors of the painted scenes are outstanding. The color of the cobalt blue ground surrounding the scenes is heightened by rich gilding.
I believe the most beautiful of the scenes is in the inside of the well. It shows four children at play with dolls, a cat, and a dog.
Because it is painted so well on both the inside and outside this bowl would be beautiful placed on a low table as well as on a shelf or mantle.
H 3.75 in. x Dm 9 in.
In the eighteenth century, the prevailing belief about children was that they should be treated as miniature adults. But around the turn of the nineteenth century, there was a tremendous change in how children were raised. Adults began to understand that crying was a normal part of childhood. Play and games were encouraged as being essential towards a child’s development. And parents were encouraged to play with their children.
Children’s clothing reflected these changing attitudes. While babies were kept in long gowns to keep them warm, as soon as they reached the age of crawling and walking, they were placed in “short clothes”.
On this antique porcelain bowl the scenes of the children with their mothers represent this “modern” thinking of the Regency period.
Adam Buck (1759–1833) was an Irish neo-classical portraitist and miniature painter and engraver principally active in London. He became an accomplished miniaturist in the 1780s. His patrons included Angelica Catalani (an opera singer), JP Kemble, Sir Francis Burdett, Thomas Hope, George IV, the Duke of York and his mistress Mary Anne Clarke. A major influence on Regency culture he produced plates of contemporary costume as well as genre pictures of family and classical scenes and illustrations for Laurence Sterne’s Sentimental Journey. Buck was much influenced by the Greek Revival (the furniture, costumes and even hairstyles in his works are all ancient Greek). He also acted as a painting teacher, as well as exhibiting more than 170 miniatures and small full-length portraits at the Royal Academy between 1795 and 1833.
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