A Pair of 18th Century Derby Ranelagh Dancers

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A beautifully modelled and painted pair of Derby Ranelagh Figures or Dancers

Standing in dancing pose, he wearing a pale yellow tricorn hat and brightly coloured doublet and hose, a pink lined blue cloak around his shoulders and offering a small posy of three flowers in his left hand. She with a miniature of a gentleman suspended by a ribbon from her shoulder that hangs at her waist and dressed in a turquoise lined yellow cloak with a pink bodice and russet and gold painted skirts, holding a posy of flowers in her right hand. Both are before flowering tree stumps upon scroll moulded bases, the tallest 28.5cm high, patch marks

He with neck restored and flowers in his left hand, she with neck restored, and right hand. Both with chips to extremities

Circa 1768

Probably one of the most famous of the Derby theatrical groups and so called because of their association with Ranelagh Gardens in Vauxhall, the famous 18th Century place of entertainment. Open to the public in 1742, Ranelagh Gardens cost two shillings to enter and Horace Walpole wrote soon after the gardens opened, "It has totally beat Vauxhall Gardens. You can't set your foot without treading on a Prince, or Duke of Cumberland." Ranelagh Gardens also introduced the masquerade, formerly a private, aristocratic entertainment, to a wider, middle-class English public, where it was open to commentary by essayists and writers of moral fiction

 

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