This is one of the older English Staffordshire figural pottery hen or chicken on a nest box or tureen. The underside has an impressed or incised mark of "Dudson", a mark that the maker used only around 1850, or the mid-19th century.
The maker is James Dudson in business from 1838 to 1888, one of the Staffordshire potteries; most of Dudson's production was not marked, so this piece will appreciate in value over time more than unmarked pieces.
The box or tureen is 7 ½" high, 8 ¼" long and 6 ½" wide.
The bottom, or the nest or basket, is colored yellow. The hen is laying on white eggs and a white edge. The hen is white with red on the head and some black and mauve.
There is rubbing wear and loss of color, mostly around the edges. There is wear to the bottom. There are air holes drilled into the bottom of the hen and there is something rattling around inside the chicken. On the edge of the interior rim, there is a long sliver where part of the pottery broke off, and in another place on the interior rim there is a small chip. I show photos of these flaws.
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