Unusual all white version of The Tithe Pig group ceramic figurine. It depicts a husband a wife standing next to a parson in front of an elaborate tree with applied leaves and flowers, a technique known as bocage. The Tithe Pig subject represented in pottery (early makers include English potters Derby and Staffordshire) was inspired by a 18th Century satirical engraving by printmaker Louis Philippe Boitard (1733 - 1767) illustrating how English farmers were expected to contribute 1/10th of their produce to the Church of England. Exaggerating the point, the mother is about to hand over the couple's 10th child to the parson together with the rest of the tithe including pigs, sheaves of wheat, basket of eggs, etc. Unmarked, maker and time of manufacture unknown. It is interesting to compare it to my slightly smaller, early Derby, version of this same subject under a separate listing (Old Crown Derby Large Tithe Pig Group Bocage Figurine Signed Item ID:1460). This is a heavy and substantial piece weighing about 3 1/2 lbs. unpacked. In good used condition with professional restoration, losses to applied leaves and flowers typical of bocage and minor imperfections as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: 9" high by 7" wide by 4 5/8" deep.
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