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Antique Staffordshire Wedding Couple Under Arbor

Antique Staffordshire Wedding Couple Under Arbor

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Middle class Victorians loved a colorful 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 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 striking antique Staffordshire figurine. A happy couple dressed in Scottish Highland Wedding costumes are hand-painted with a dreamy neutral palette. This large figural group was intended to be displayed on a fireplace mantel and was designed with a flat back which was left undecorated. Sure to be the centerpiece in 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 1850. In good antique condition with worn paint. 13.5"H x 9"W.

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