Here is a wonderful pair of figures made in England in the late 18th century. Since Staffordshire wares were usually not marked, it is impossible to know for sure which pottery made them, but that doesn’t lessen their appeal and decorative value. You know the story of the Roman General Marc Antony and the beautiful Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, so I won’t go into that. These figures are both colorful and dramatic. Cleopatra is holding the asp which she uses to commit suicide, and the dying Marc Antony seems to be asking his Roman gods, “Why did I fall for her?,” but it’s possible I’m reading too much into his pose. Both are in excellent condition. She is near perfect, with no damage, and Marc has only a few spots of glaze missing on the back. One has a paper label inside that reads simply, “Vernon.” The Vernons are a family of ancient lineage in Staffordshire, but I can’t say for sure that the label refers to them. Marc and Cleo are both twelve and a half inches long and she is slightly taller at eight and a half inches. Be sure to check out my very similar figure of Lucretia listed on Ruby Lane.


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ITEM ID
F413
TYPE
Bone China, Ceramics, Decorative, Hand Painted, Pottery
STYLE
Egyptian Revival, Georgian, Mourning
ORIGIN
England • English
PURPOSE
Figurines
ITEM TYPE
Antique

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Large Staffordshire Antony & Cleopatra Figures c.1800.

$2,300

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