Porcelain figure of Father Time from Derby.

Made in England, United Kingdom, Europe, c 1770-1773..

In 1953, Sydney collector, Annie Maria Gillies, bequeathed around 100 decorative art objects to the Vaucluse Park Trust, which later became part of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales. In 1998, the Trust transferred this collection to the Powerhouse Museum.

The greater part of this collection consists of around 80 examples of English porcelain dating from the mid eighteenth to the early nineteenth century. These items represent the strength of the English porcelain industry, including...


Figure, 'Father Time', porcelain, made by Derby Porcelain Works, England, c. 1770-1773

A porcelain figurine of Father Time depicted as an old bearded man, standing on a scrolled base with grey skull and quivver of arrows under right foot in pink tied with turquoise ribbon. A small orange white and gold crown with the sands of time and sickle under left leg. Father Time draped in floral cloth and seated on tree trunk with the globe of the world at right of his right foot.


310 mm
180 mm
170 mm


One of three models made of Time clipping cupid's wings.

Derby, England.
c 1770-1773.


Transfer from the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, 1999 Bequest of Annie Maria Gillies, 1953
16 September, 2005

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Porcelain figure of Father Time from Derby. 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 November 2017, <https://ma.as/319371>
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