It’s not yet known who created this standout, colorful piece, much more realistic than most later Staffordshire figures. The Wood family is one possibility. Lakin & Poole is another (suggested by Diana Edwards in her book). Neale made a very similar but more ornate figure in black basalt. This is about eleven inches long, earthenware, with pearlware type polychrome glazes. Another example shows up in a black and white photo on page 178 of Pat Halfpenny’s English Earthenware Figures 1740-1840. She suggests that it was produced from about 1780-1800 and points out that this is not Cleopatra, but Lucretia, a different heroine who committed suicide for different reasons. Condition is good and it looks great on display. There are several touchups to the colors. Nicks in the glaze are fairly common on this type of figure. One small repaired chip at the base. You can see a couple of cracks in the end where the man’s face is shown. The green glaze of the cushion was about 30% gone when I got this. The green probably didn’t fire properly, and in fact a green glaze is often pretty fragile on these figures. I colored in the gaps, but the color could be removed easily if you want authenticity rather than good looks.
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