This unusual Staffordshire figural group features three dogs in a tiered orientation. The dog at the top depicts a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel seated on a cobalt blue cushion with green drapery which is flanked by a pair of Whippets seated on a plinth below. The plinth is decorated in a naive lattice pattern executed in pink with gilt trim at the base. The Whippets each have a free standing foreleg and moulded tail which curls in front of their rear flanks and drapes down over the edge of the plinth.
The Cavalier King Charles has an endearing face and is beautifully decorated with rust-hued daubs of color accented with fine brush strokes. The Whippets have traditional dun coloring with dark accents at the eyes and muzzle. All three dogs have gilt colored collars. It should also be noted that there are areas of uneven paint application which is characteristic of antique Staffordshire.
The figural group is in good condition with no repairs. As an antique, the piece shows appropriate signs of age consisting of fine crazing to the glaze and areas of wear/paint loss. The gilt paint has also dulled and worn away in areas over time. There are production related flaws present which include fritting, pitting and extra bits of material caught in the glaze, including around the small firing vent on the underside. These issues are mentioned for accuracy and as seen in the accompanying photographs the piece displays beautifully.
The figural group stands 6.5" tall as measured to its highest point. It measures 6.5" across and is 3.25" deep. The piece weighs in at 1lb 6oz.
This rare Staffordshire figural canine group displays beautifully and would be a fabulous addition to an existing collection or works equally well showcased on its own. A charming and authentic example of the genre.
Antique English Staffordshire Figural Dog Grouping Including Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Whippets