19th Century Staffordshire Porcelain White Hart Figure Circa 1830
This is a very sweet and charming animal figure. This small depiction of a white hart (a scarcely seen white fallow deer) dates from the 1830 to 40 period and was produced by one of the Staffordshire porcelain and pottery factories of England. Unmarked as was so common at this time and with the earlier open base.
This small figure is so appealing sat proudly on its pink hillock surrounded by three quirky branches of bocage. We adore the gilt chain around its neck. Of course the White Hart is a legendary creature that is shrouded in mystery. Its eerie white appearance of course adding to its mystic symbolism. King Richard II used the creature as his own personal emblem. See the White Hart jewel that he wears on The Wilton Diptych. The Arthurian legend states that the appearance of a White Hart signified that it was time to embark on a quest. The creature was considered the one animal that could never be caught so it came to symbolize humanity's never-ending pursuit of knowledge and the unattainable. It is also known as a symbol of purity and redemption and also of good fortune.
Size: 3 1/8" tall by 2 7/8" by 1.5"
Condition: This figure does have some age related crazing to his glossy glaze. He also has several firing faults from the production process and a small area of missing porcelain to the top of one folded front leg. However, all parts of his life story and not at all unstable or detrimental.
This is a very appealing little Staffordshire figure to grace your collection.
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