18 June 2008
A PAIR OF ENGLISH PEARLWARE MODELS OF A LION AND LIONESS
CIRCA 1800, YORKSHIRE OR STAFFORDSHIRE
Finely modelled and standing to left and right, each with their tail arched over their flank, the lion with his left forepaw resting on a blue sphere, the lioness with her right forepaw on a similar sphere, their ochre bodies with brown manes and tufts to their tails and with dark brown claws, their finely dimpled muzzles each with an open jaw revealing teeth and a yellow tongue, each on a green-washed rectangular base moulded with stylised foliage, lioness with tail restored, both with tongues restored, both with very slight chipping to bases
Each about 15 in. (38 cm.) wide (2)
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's London, 30 October 1973, lot 52.
Acquired from Jellinek & Sampson Antiques, London, 26 November 1973.
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A marked example of this model inscribed Benjamin Plant, illustrated in Pat Halfpenny, English Earthenware Figures 1740-1840, Suffolk, 1991, p. 209, pl. 207.
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