Figural Group, The Finding of Moses
On View: 19th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
The Wedgwood company hired William Beattie, a well-known sculptor in his day, to design four Old Testament figural groups to be produced in unglazed porcelain that resembles marble. These production-line objects of less-costly material were intended for middle-class consumers who imitated the collecting habits of the more well-to-do. Although the biblical subject of this group is the finding of Moses along the of the Nile River by the pharaoh's daughter, the half-dressed figure of the maid allowed the artist and consumer to admire the partially nude female form within the sanctity of the parlor.
19 3/4 x 15 1/2 x 11 in. (50.2 x 39.4 x 27.9 cm) (show scale)
507 (?) in pencil on back of base; x incised on bottom of base.
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Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd. (founded 1759). Figural Group, The Finding of Moses, 1850-1860. Bisque porcelain, 19 3/4 x 15 1/2 x 11 in. (50.2 x 39.4 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 87.74. Creative Commons-BY
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