Antique RARE Porcelain Skye Terrier Dog By W Brownfield English Circa 1875 AF
This highly decorative and meticulously modeled white porcelain figure of a Skye terrier was produced by W Brownfield and Son in England in the year 1875. This rare item was made originally as a candlestick and was sold as a pair. Of course this breed of dog was a favorite of British Royalty namely Queen Victoria and the artists Otto Weber and Sir Edwin Landseer too name but a few; all helping to popularize this wonderful breed. This little dog’s mouth once supported a metal candle sconce with two porcelain urn style candle holders with two cut-glass drops suspended from a gilt pendant chain. However, now that he is free from the chore of holding the heavy candle furniture, he stands proudly showing of his fine canine teeth, gilt collar and plush tasseled cushion. He can easily hold a place setting or business card in his mouth. He would make a quirky and rather handsome addition to your dining table, shop or business.
The base of the dog is features an impressed “Brownfield” mark, an impressed “96” numeral mark and an RD mark. The RD mark states that the item was produced on the 9th of April 1875.
Measuring: Base 4 3/8” (11 cm) by 4 3/8” (11 cm). Total height 9 2/8” (23.5 cm). Weighing 1.9 oz (710 g)
Condition: As mentioned above this porcelain figure has not retained its metal furniture or candle holders - in our opinion making him more pleasing and of course smaller for today's homes. This little chap does have some minor 19th century restoration to two of his teeth. The front left cushion tassel has been restored and the gilt is darker and more dull than the other three. The other three paws have small areas of gilt touch up. There is an extremely faint hairline to the left side of the dogs jaw approximately 3/8” ( seen with a magnifier) and there is some minor pitting to the porcelain body which is part of the firing process.
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