816. Rare Derby Porcelain Plaque John Hancock Descent from the Cross 1824

An Extremely Rare English Derby Porcelain Painted Framed Panel, depicting The Deposition, oil on porcelain panel. Signed in red "Painted by John Hancock Jnr, 1824, Mark Chapter 15" verso, contained in its original giltwood frame.

The Deposition is a rare example, not only due to the unusual subject matter but also because of the signature inscription verso. This inscribed panel depicts a carefully considered and recomposed illustration of the original painting 'The Descent from the Cross' by Peter Paul Rubens (Antwerp c.1612-1614). The artist has while maintaining the Old Master technique and use of rich, striking pigment tones adapted each figure, dressing them in costumes contemporary to the period of execution.

Condition: Porcelain Panel very good with no paint losses. Frame is a little distressed.

Height: (entire including frame) 11.75” (30cm). Width: (entire including frame) 10.5” (26.75cm). Thickness of frame: 2” (5cm).

Biography: Three generations of artists named John Hancock worked as porcelain painters at the Derby Porcelain factory. John Hancock Junior (1804-1839) was the final member to continue the family tradition and worked at Derby between 1823 and 1836. He was primarily known for his works as a floral, fruit and ornithological painter.

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