Small Staffordshire pottery figurine, 3 1/2" x 2 3/8" x 2 1/4". It has a mother poodle with her three puppies, one of which appears to be nursing. The mother dog is reclining on a green cushion - the lighter areas at the corners appear to be tassels on the cushion.
This is an older and unusual figurine, circa 1845. There is mild wear to, especially to the gilt trim on the cushion. It is marked 153 in red on the underside of the base. I see no damages other than expected wear.
This figure comes from a private collection. The original owner collected these pieces in the 1920's when Victorian pieces were considered "out of fashion". They have been with the original owner's family, carefully stored and sometimes displayed for over 90 years!