Poodles were quite the fashion among dog fanciers in the 19th century and the Staffordshire potteries took advantage of their popularity by modeling them in a great number of variations.
This winning model of a standing poodle holding a basket in its mouth is even more desirable with its placement atop a fanciful rectangular base. The dog is looking upwards with an endearing expression. Its fur was made to look like the type of cut for dogs that were exhibited at shows. The fur on the ears is long, encompassing the entire head of the dog like a crown. The back legs each have a fur ring, while the tail has a pouf on the end. This piece dates to around 1860.
The condition is excellent for its age. There is a small flea bite on the edge of the rear base that appears more like a kiln effect of a piece of glaze that blew off during the firing or was never thoroughly applied. The gold leaf line on the front of the base is still quite visible. The greenery in the basket is of a bluish-green that harmonizes well with orange basket. There is a small spot of age staining on the front of the base. The original thick blue glaze has protected the piece well over the years.
It measures 2-5/8 inches wide at the base and 3-5/8 high.
Mid-19th Century Victorian Staffordshire Poodle with Basket on Base