James Beswick founded the pottery business , in England in 1892. Mr. Beswick's sons all played a part in the factories' success. Initially they produced tableware and ornaments but after the 1st World War they started to produce more elaborate porcelain . In 1921 J. W. Beswick died and the factory was run by his sons. In the 1930s during the Art Deco period , the factory became well known for it’s animal figurines. The company made the finest animal figures available at that time. Then in 1948 the company began producing characters from Beatrix Potter story books.. The initially only 10 figurines were made, including the very popular Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck. These were an immediate success . In 1952 Beswick began it’s Disney figurines with Mickey Mouse and Mickey’s friends. Later in 1968 the company produced a series of Winnie the Pooh figures. These figures are very popular today. In 1969 The Beswick Company was sold to Royal Doulton and in 1989 all Beswick products were produced under the Royal Doulton Name. At the end of 2002 royal Doulton ended the manufacture of all Beswick products.
This wonderful Cocker Spaniel is one of the famous "Spirited Dog" series which was made from 1987 to 1989. He is about 9 & 1/2 inches long and nearly 7 inches tall. He is permanently mounted to the stand (plinth) which has his breed's name engraved on to a brass name plate. His stomach is stamped in black " Horseshoe Primula" (which refers to a Champion's Bouquet or Blanket). This is an exquisite example of fine Beswick porcelain and he is in near mint condition.
Ceramic Beswick Cocker Spaniel Dog Figurine