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Antique Staffordshire Wedding Couple Figural

Antique Staffordshire Wedding Couple Figural

$325.00

Part of a lifelong collection acquired in England, we are pleased to offer this Antique Staffordshire Wedding Couple figurine. A happy Scottish couple painted in a soft palette sits atop a pleasing clock highlighted by a bright flower and leaf garland. With all the finest hallmarks of the most collectible Staffordshire, it features the classic undecorated flat back style, intended for display on a fireplace mantel.

Dressed in lovely finery, the proud groom wears kilt, sash and festive bagpipes with chanter section shown in the crook of his elbow, while his sweetheart in her pretty dress embellished with tiny flowers, gently leans against his strong arm. The dainty face of the clock below is painted at a permanent time of 11:27. Nicknamed a ‘poor man's clock’, it is guaranteed to indicate the time correctly twice each day!

As an expanded creation of wealth from the Industrial Revolution prompted an explosion in the demand for more affordable décor items, Staffordshire potteries produced figurines such as these as quickly as they could to meet the demand of middle-class Victorians. The majority of these decorative, hand-painted figures were produced to imitate more expensive Meissen and Nymphenburg pieces produced on the continent for the opulent homes of the upper-class.

Experienced decorators in the factories lent their talents to higher-end porcelain pieces, while those classified as unskilled (typically women and children), painted these popular colorful figurines. Executed quickly and freely, the result is a folk-art quality that adds to their undeniable appeal, although it wasn't until the 20th century that serious collectors began to appreciate their charms.

Sure to have lent its captivating appeal and cozy bliss to many settings over the generations, this enchanting figural would make a thoughtful gift or delightful addition to your cherished collection.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Circa 1865. In excellent antique condition. 14.25"H x 7.75"W.

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