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Working bisque model of monkey by John Skeaping - c.1935

Working bisque model of monkey by John Skeaping, © Wedgwood Museum
    Working bisque model of monkey by John Skeaping
    © Wedgwood Museum

Monkey sculpture, working model in bisque. John Skeaping, 1926.

Monkey sculpture, working model in bisque. John Skeaping, 1926.

  • Type of object: Portraits and figures/sculpture
  • Mark: (unmarked)
  • Year produced: c.1935
  • Body: biscuit
  • Accession number: 11550
  • Dimensions: 184 mm (height), 205 mm (width), 96 mm (depth)

Related people

  • John Skeaping

    John Skeaping (1901 - 1980)

    John Rattenbury Skeaping was born in Essex in 1901 and studied at Blackheath School of Art. Eventually he became a scholar at the Royal Academy School, and in 1924, he won the Prix de Rome. During his three years in Rome he married the sculptress Barbara Hepworth.On his return to England in 1926 he was introduced to Frank Wedgwood, and on visiting the old Etruria factory site, was commissioned to model a series of animal studies for which he was paid £100. The series consisted of 14 models - ten of which eventually went into production at the end of 1927. The subjects include 'Tiger and Buck; 'Fallow Deer', 'Polar Bear' and 'Monkeys'.The models themselves were produced in Queen’s ware, Black Basalt and also exhibited a variety of matt and coloured glazes including Moonstone. Skeaping died in France in 1980.

Glossary

  • Biscuit

    Biscuit

    An unglazed ceramic body that has been fired only once. On occasion it is erroneously termed ‘bisque’ in England and America.