This miniature lion is a delightful example of the 19th century Staffordshire pottery and is very regal despite the typical cracks and flaws from the production process. It stands just over 3.25 inches tall, including the oval base, and is approximately 3 inches from side to side. He is a soft yellow color with golden brown highlights and painted black eyes and snout.
This figurine was purchased from a local estate and there was a piece of tape on the underside with what looks like the name 'Mercy Misener' and the date Dec. (25?) 1899. The paper was removed for the photos and underneath there is the usual small hole which allowed air to escape during firing. The date may indicate a 1899 manufacturing date however it is common practice for people to put names on items that they want passed to certain people and this figurine could be older as suggested by the absence of gold, the relative crudeness, and the heavy weight of the piece. In either case, the lion is nineteenth century and exceptionally appealing. It is in excellent condition with the open cracks, hole in the front, and uneven paint from production that is characteristic of Staffordshire pottery. There is a very minor flake on the underside however it is not noticeable and does not detract.
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