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Nicholas Nickleby

 

Nicholas Nickleby

These figures were, according to P. D. Gordon Pugh, probably modelled from a pirated play first performed at the Theatre Royal, Adelphi, on 20 November 1838.
Each figure is marked on the back of the base "PUBLISHED June 15, 1839. / By RIDGWAY & ROBEY, / Hanley, / Staffordshire Potteries".
There are six known figures: Ralph Nickleby, Mrs. Nickleby, Nicholas Nickleby, Kate Nickleby, Wackford Squeers, and Smike.
The moulds were subsequently used by William Ridgway, Son, & Co. at the Church Works to manufacture unpainted stoneware figures in various colours.

"Ralph Nickleby" and "Wackford Squeers". 230mm tall. Bone china.

Ralph Nickleby and Wackford Squeers

Photos © Bonhams 2005
Illustration of Lot 928 at their Knightsbridge sale on 6 December 2005.
The catalogue refers to them being 'modelled as Mr. Wilkinson in the role of 'Wackford Squeers' and Mr. Cullenford in the role of 'Ralph Nickleby''.
'Squeers' has had restoration to both hands and book.

"Ralph Nickleby", "Mrs. Nickleby", "Kate Nickleby" and "Nicholas Nickleby". The largest 222mm tall. Bone china.

Ralph, Mrs. N, Kate and Nicholas

Ralph, Mrs. N

Kate and Nicholas

Ralph, Mrs. N, Kate and Nicholas front

Kate and Nicholas head detail

The decoration of the faces is unusual. Note, in particular, the treatment of the eyes.

Ralph, Mrs. N, Kate and Nicholas left side

Ralph, Mrs. N, Kate and Nicholas back

Mrs. N mark

Ralph, Mrs. N, Kate and Nicholas right side

Ralph, Mrs. N, Kate and Nicholas top

Ralph, Mrs. N, Kate and Nicholas base

Photos © Stair Galleries & Restoration, Inc. 2019
Illustrations of Lot 888 at their Hudson - Warren St. sale on 27 October 2019.
'Nicholas' has had minor restoration to the arms.

 

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