Daniel Chester French (American, 1850-1931). <em>Joe's Farewell</em>, Designed 1872-1873. Unglazed porcelain, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 5 9/16 in.  (24.1 x 19.1 x 14.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Benno Bordiga, by exchange, 1995.98.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1995.98.1_PS1.jpg)

Joe's Farewell

Artist:Daniel Chester FrenchRobinson & LeadbeaterClark, Plympton & Company

Medium: Unglazed porcelain

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Dates:Designed 1872-1873

Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 5 9/16 in. (24.1 x 19.1 x 14.1 cm)


Museum Location: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor

Accession Number: 1995.98.1

Image: 1995.98.1_PS1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Realistically rendered figural group based on "Barnaby Rudge" by Charles Dickens (published in England in 1841). Stepped oval base, the top of which is modeled as a tile floor on an incline. Two figures in 18th-century clothing in foreground: at left, a woman with head cast downward and fretting the bottom edge of her apron in her hands, at left, a young man holding his cap at his chest with proper right hand and his proper left hand behind his back. The couple stands in front of a blacksmith's fireplace with a firebox at table height and tools in the fire; above this on the chimney, keys and padlocks are hung and on the shelf on the left side of the chimney is a Toby jug. Left of the fireplace is a stump with an anvil and hammer on it. On the floor are padlocks, a hammer and a traveler's bundle. Condition: Handle of hammer on floor and handle of traveler's bundle missing. Blind crack runs from rear right base through center of base, with a small chip on corner of base at this crack. Fine horizontal crack on female proper right angle. Crack along proper right side of male neck, filled with a resin.

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