Antique Miniature Staffordshire Dog Circa 1845
This is a charming and unusual little porcelain spaniel from the 1845 period. He is beautifully modeled with his thick swirling long coat. His black and white coloring particularly handsome. He is an unusual example because he has an impressed letter V to the inside of his hollow porcelain body.
Measuring a small 4" tall by 3 1/8" by 2 1/8".
This gorgeous four legged friend was produced in the early Victorian period. He sits proudly with joined paws. The black enamel decoration is hand applied. He wears the typical Victorian collar and padlock and you will clearly see that he is front decorated only. This was due to the fact that such figures were destined to be displayed on your mantle piece shelf, usually as a pair ( no need to decorate the back).
Condition is good but he is not quite perfect. The early porcelain body has a small firing crack between his tail and back paw ( this is caused during the firing process in the kiln when the water evaporates from the porcelain body). There is an old hairline between his back and front paw. He has the expected fritting or unevenness to the glaze from kiln dust and soot blowing into the gloss glaze during firing, a lovely feature perfectly normal that gives him an almost salt glaze feel in places. His black enamel coloring has a few small flakes missing mainly to his right ear.
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