Rare pair of early 19th century English Prattware figures of the Greek Olympian gods, Zeus and Hera. Beautifully clothed in traditional tunics and cloaks in typical Pratt colors of brown, blue and yellow. Forlorn Hera holds the attribute of the hearth and home while her wandering-eyed husband Zeus holds the attribute of his lordship, the eagle. The interior (see photo) is hollow with finger marks inside.
I've taken some worthwhile information from an article on British pottery: What is Pratt Ware or Prattware?
Pratt Ware historically is the name associated with relief-decorated, underglaze painted creamware and pearlware
made from about 1780 to 1840. This light density earthenware was the standard of the period. The name relates to a family of potters working in Lane Delph in
The Potteries in the late eighteenth century and at Fenton after 1807. The generic link to the type has been made because of the existence of two early jugs, both marked PRATT, but it was made by many other potters in
Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Liverpool, Tyneside, Wearside, Devon and on the east and west coasts of Scotland. Today
these fine relief-molded earthenwares are quite rare and can really only be found through specialist dealers or at ceramics fairs.
CONDITION: Overall excellent. One shallow chip on the back of Zeus's robe. A couple of firing cracks in the bases. See photos.
DIMENSIONS: Zeus 9 1/2 " H x 7" W; Hera 9 1/2" H x 5 1/4" W
WEIGHT: 2 lbs