An utterly charming infant figure.
Seated in a high chair and enjoying a sweet treat, 'Le fils de paul Ruben' (sic), per the incised inscription verso.
The figure is based upon an oil painting and a later engraving, incorrectly attributed to Paul Ruben back in the 1700s.
Rather than a son, as the colourist rightly implied in the decoration of the costume, it is the daughter, not of Ruben, but of Cornelis de Vos, leading Flemish c17th portraitist. The figure is accurate to Vos' painting even to the folds in the dress.
French faience, evidenced not least by the use of French script to the rear (rather than Dutch), but also by the blue underglaze H, which may well indicate the Hannong (Haguenau) factory, Strasbourg which was an off-shoot of Sèvres. Potentially therefore early c19th.
Exquisite decoration and form. Entirely hand painted and when viewed from the inside with the drawer removed it is possible to see the thumb marks where the clay has been pressed into the mould to form the little girl.
Measures 11.5 inches tall by 7.5 inches wide and deep.
Signifcant, but competant repairs to the seat fretwork, less competant repairs to the drawer, and a good clean regluing of the high chair tray. Chips to the base, crazing and minimal paint loss.
However, it is complete and delightfully uncommon.
A desirable piece.