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Antique Staffordshire Children with Dog Figural Pair

Antique Staffordshire Children with Dog Figural Pair

$350.00

Middle class Victorians loved a well-accessorized home. There's no denying it and there's no other way to explain the typical Victorian decor: colorful figurines adorned their fireplace mantels, transferware dishes lined plate racks and sideboards in their dining rooms and on every table stood figures, animals, vases, and other ornaments. More was always more for the Victorians - on both sides of the Atlantic.

With the creation of wealth from the Industrial Revolution, the production of Staffordshire figurines exploded in the early 1800s to meet the demand of the middle-class Victorians. The vast majority of these decorative, hand-painted figurines were produced by the Staffordshire potteries to imitate the much more expensive Meissen and Nymphenburg figurines being produced on the continent of Europe and found in the homes of the upper-class.

In the pottery factories of Victoria England, the experienced decorators worked on higher-end porcelain, while unskilled laborers (typically women and children), painted the colorful Staffordshire figurines. They were painted quickly and freely and the result is a folk-art quality that adds to their undeniable appeal.

It wasn't until the 20th century that serious collectors began to appreciate the charms of Staffordshire figurines. Whether it's dogs and cats, farm animals, elephants or zebras, politicians of the day, members of the royal family, famous crime figures or everyday folk, there was a Staffordshire figure for any collector's interest.

From the markets of northern England, we are pleased to offer this wonderfully quirky antique Staffordshire figurine pair depicting a young boy and a young girl riding a patient Saint Bernard dog. The figurines were intended to be displayed on a fireplace mantel and were designed with a relatively flat back which was left undecorated. 

Colorful and impressive, the figurines are hand-painted with a bright palette and are sure to be a charming addition to any existing collection or the perfect starting point to begin the lifelong joy of collecting!


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Circa 1850s. In very good antique condition with only minimal paint loss as is common in antique Staffordshire. Each figurine measures approximately 9.25"H x 8"W x 3.25"D.

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