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Rare Norman Underhill Figurine

 
   

Reference: 03158

Description: A rare handmade studio pottery figurine by the renowned potter Norman Underhill (1933-1998). This figurine depicts a woman, in a long dress, sitting on a brick wall with her loyal dog at her feet. The majority of his figurines depict males and male professions so very rare to find a figurine of a woman. Norman Underhill ran a successful vehicle repair shop, and was first inspired to make figurines in his spare time by coal miners from the Mendips pits. He initially modelled the figurines with just a coffee spoon and a knife, using clay hand-dug from a local river, and a home-made kiln, however following the success of his figures he decided to invest £5 in a second-hand professionally made model but continued to model using just a coffee spoon and a knife. Painted mark on base

Dimensions: H: 16cm (6.5")

Additional Information: By the early 1970s the earnings from his pottery figures were exceeding those from the vehicle repair service, and in 1973 the family moved to Meaver, a small hamlet near Mullion on the Lizard peninsular in Cornwall - the most southerly point in the British Isles. He converted a disused cowshed on the premises and set up his studio there, and the business grew from strength to strength. Norman produced only hand-made figures - everyone was unique - and the range included Fishermen, Policemen, Chimney Sweeps, Pirates, Sea Captains, Carpenters, Dentists, Clowns, Artists, in all some sixty different characters. As well as selling from his studio, his work was also sold by retail establishments in the UK and was also exported to the United States and Canada. Following a request to make a bust of Sir Barnes Wallis, the aircraft designer and inventor, commissioned works followed for models of professional people; doctors, lawyers and the like.

Price: £95

 
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