Charming rare early Staffordshire figure of an elegant swan which is wonderful to use to hold a posy of flowers or just as a very lovely decoration. These are rarely seen and really are charming. I have several of them for sale ~ another two small ones (very similar size to this one but with slightly different markings) and a medium one, so I have included a photo of the three of those together as a centerpiece to give an idea of scale (the medium swan is in the middle). They look stunning running down the center of a table filled with flowers but they are being sold separately. A charming table decoration with a difference!
This dainty swan measures 4 3/4 inches long; is 3 inches wide at the front tapering to 2 inches in front of the tail and is 4 inches high at the head. The glaze is a cream colour and crackled with a very pale yellow glaze on the beak and the feet. There are black markings on the top and the beak and the eyes. The only marking is a black elongated heart on the base.
There are several little chips to the inside edge of one wing and some stress cracks where the neck joins the 'body' but these do not detract from its beauty and charm and are commensurate with its age for this type of pottery. These small damages have been taken into account when pricing.
Shipping charges are estimates based on weight bands but should the actual cost be more than $2 lower than what has been paid by the buyer, the difference will be gladly and promptly refunded to the buyer's Paypal account.
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