"dressed as a little Dresden shepherdess, your hair tucked under a big three-cornered hat"
Porcelain shepherd c.1750-60 (German, possibly Meissen)
Public DomainPorcelain shepherd c.1750-60 (German, possibly Meissen) - Credit: Hiart







Dresden shepherdesses are figurines manufactured at porcelain factories in Meissen near Dresden. Porcelain manufacture began at Meissen in 1710 and is still in operation today.

Representations of fashionably-dressed, idealized shepherds and shepherdesses were highly popular in mid-18th century Europe including Britain (although it was, in fact,  illegal to import Continental porcelain to Britain prior to 1775).

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