Early Staffordshire Pottery Ewe and Lamb Bocage Group English Circa 1820 AF
An endearing early Staffordshire pottery grouping of a mother sheep (ewe) and her little lamb. This circa 1820 figure does have some historic damage and firing faults from the early pottery production process but she is utterly original/ unrestored and charming. She and her little one still display beautifully.
We see a hand painted standing sheep in the usual over applied shades of redy brown. She stands before an elaborate tree of four highly detailed five leaflet bocage fronds each with a central colored flower. The tree bocage are applied to an unusual strap type tree support (seen from the front); we would think indicative of a certain pottery - she does have similarities to Ralph Salt Staffordshire figures?
We adore the slightly squished lobe seen on the top central bocage where the worker who placed this wet pottery figure in the kiln and accidentally squished the leaf with his/ her finger. Our mum stands proud on a tall lobed hollow base and tucked up on an under shelf is her cute little lamb. There is much character and detailing to this early figure with its 'in the round' colored decoration. Her face is very expressive and we just adore her individually painted cloven hooves!! The air hole can be found under her stomach where heat and gases escaped during the firing process.
Size: 5.5" (13.5 cm) tall, hollow, open base 3.5" (8.5 cm) wide by 2.5" (6.2 cm) deep.
Condition: This group has some damage and factory faults that is so common with early production. Damage - the last section of her tail is missing. Four tiny tips of bocage missing. The little red flower seen in the top central bocage frond is half missing. Faults - Firing cracks to her right ear, her neck area below her left ear, to the center of the trunk on the reverse and a firing crack that runs around the entirety of her front leg/ knee. The leg has not been off, this is a firing crack, this part of the leg is very skinny and delicate.
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