27 September 2000
A STAFFORDSHIRE PEARLWARE MODEL OF 'THE ROMAN LION'
The yellow animal with brown mane and tail tip, standing with its left forepaw balancing on a ball painted with black vermiculé, raised on a rectangular 'table' base moulded with colorful flower garlands, the front inscribed on two oval bosses 'THE RORAN (sic) LION'
13½in. (34cm.) long
The Mary Woodard Lasker Charitable Trust; Christie's, New York, 21 May 1996, lot 71
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