Rare Yellow Ware Sponged
Fireplace Mantle Dog Bank with Cradled Baby
Wasmuel Faiencerie Belgium c1880
This is a great late 19th early century majolica stoneware pottery figural yellow ware sponge decorated dog bank or mantle dog. This sleepy little sponged spotted spaniel dog is laying down on top of the mantle. We have never seen another one like this and must say it is quite a special pup. The entire piece stands just over 4 inches tall to the top of the dog's hear and measures 3 1/2 inches wide across the columns and mantle.
The recumbent alert little pup is extremely well modeled sitting just 1 1/2 inches high and measuring 2 3/4 inches long. He has a beautiful face and floppy ears and big round eyes for watching over the baby in the cradle in front of the fireplace below as well as watching over the money inside. Illustrated in the reference book '100 Years of Ceramic Money Banks 1850-1940' (Beth Baddeley Huebner 2008, #417, page 85),though incorrectly attributed to England when in fact it hails from the Wasmuel Faiencerie in Belgium c1890.
The stoneware bank is covered with a brilliant majolica or tin glazed yellow and cobalt blue paint and sponged with dark brown spots which cover the backside and criss cross moulded base. The whole body is covered with bluish pearlware glaze that has ponded on the foot and on the side of the fireplace.
The bank is in very good overall condition with a chip on the underside of the mantle and a nibble on the dog's left ear, both use wear consistent with age. Haphazardly made and exuberantly decorated, it was intended for child's play and considered disposable. The folksy hasty style adds to the charm of this little guy. Offered as is, a one off that no child can resist! A fine rare example of a ceramic money bank.
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