An absolutely beautifully sculpted plaster maiden. This piece is unmarked but certainly by Humphrey Hopper.
Hopper’s similar pieces date to the early 1800s/Regency period. This maiden is supporting a lamp which would have originally been an oil lamp, but has later been converted to electricity.
She has exactly the right buff terracotta/putty colouring below her layers of white over-painting, and is finely modelled suggesting her authenticity, as well as his characteristic breakfront foot to the statue.
Hopper was an English mason and sculptor who studied at the Royal Academy Schools, gaining the gold medal there in 1803. He later developed a line of plaster figures designed to hold lamps in niches, working with architects such as Lewis Wyatt. This wonderful maiden is made from Stucco plaster, a technique the famous sculptor was renowned for from 1764-1844.
A very rare piece of great beauty.
Height 118cm (with plinth 149cm)
Base 32cm x 32cm (max- curved frontage)
35cm x 35cm
Condition: Where there are specific points to note we will detail these as far as possible but please be aware that all our items have wear commensurate with age and are as seen in the photographs. If you require any specific information please do not hesitate to get in contact. Please note: a stable, no-movement crack to her raised arm (see image). There may be a repair beneath? Repainted over the years. Small losses/knocks. Marks/dirt. The lamp portion- converted to electricity at some point- is not working, but it may be possible for someone to reinstate this? More photos available on request.
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