This outstanding example dates from around 1800 to 1820 and was probably was made in Yorkshire, in the north of England. One of the most remarkable characteristics of this piece is that it is in unrestored original condition, having come out of a private collection.
The brown and white cow has much attention to detail in the modeling. The detail includes a wonderful portrayal of its udders and a quaint blue bucket. The milkmaid has a jaunty yellow hat, a green bodice and a green skirt picked out in typical Prattware enamels. The brownish-red decoration of the cow’s spots is a combination of several techniques, including sponging and applied brush. This cow even has its original top.
This piece has survived with only a minute loss of enamel where one’s thumb would hold it. The small top has just two clay losses on the underside from where it inevitably would have been taken off and on over the years. There is a lustrous blue glaze to this model that has protected it for some two hundred years.
It measures about 8 inches from the tip of the mouth to the edge of the tail. It stands 5-3/8 inches tall and width at the base is 3-1/4 inches.