London, South Kensington
14 June 2001
A Staffordshire group of two gentlemen
one wearing beret, blue coat, yellow waistcoat and breeches, the other wearing hat and similar dress, each modelled seated at a table playing cards, on shaped oval base, circa 1860 (small crack, very minor flaking to enamels and minor overpainting to black enamels of the hair) -- 16cm. high
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Please note that this group is restored.
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