A lovely pair of Staffordshire imitation porcelain recumbent sheep with applied chipped decoration, hand painted and seated on a hollow base decorated with a gilt band. C.1860. Decorated in the round.
Just look at those faces and attitude. Wonderful.
Some rubbing to the gilt, and small chip to the base of one sheep, see photograph.
Size each approx 3.5" wide (18.5cm)
£ 215 the pair
These Staffordshire pieces were low cost pieces for home decoration, and often have manufacturing kiln faults, such as kiln staining and pitting, specks of kiln soot, and missing chipped decoration having fallen off in the kiln.
They sometimes also have small losses to the extremities but if these losses are glazed it means the fault happened in manufacture. Some or all of these manufacturing faults can be seen in these pieces.
Often referred to as porcellaneous, this type of white glazed ware was made in imitation of the Chinese porcelain which had been so prized for hundreds of years, but the method of manufacture had always proved such a mystery in the West.