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Antique Staffordshire Little Red Riding Hood Figural

Antique Staffordshire Little Red Riding Hood Figural

$195.00

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 and found in the homes of the upper-class.

Middle class Victorians prized a well-decorated, layered home with many textures and patterns. In a style that we might consider fussy or overdone today, more was always more for the Victorians on both sides of the Atlantic. Colorful figurines adorned their fireplace mantels, art pottery and transferware lined plate racks and sideboards in their dining rooms and every surface boasted vases, ornaments and other curiosities of the day.

In the 20th century serious collectors began to appreciate the charms of these Staffordshire figurines, which have become prized for their naïve painting style and timeless presence. With a rapid production process and desire to offer decor at a price affordable for more families, costs were reduced by leaving the rear of the figurine intentionally undecorated.

Recently arrived in shop from a devoted collector in England, we are so pleased to present this antique Staffordshire figurine depicting the timeless fairytale heroine, Little Red Riding Hood. Wearing her red hooded cloak and carrying a basket on her arm, she is seemingly unaware that the conniving wolf is slinking below at her feet. 

Decorated on all sides with colorful hand-painted details, this charming figurine is a treasure of childhood story-telling. With roots going back to 17th century France and Charles Perrault's original tale of "Le Petit Chaperon Rouge", this captivating figurine will bring its storied charms to any setting and promises to be a wonderful addition to your collection.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Circa 1880s. In good original antique condition with two small old chips on the back side at the base. Please see alternate images for condition details. 5.75"H x 2.25".

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