An Unusual Staffordshire Dog, Pearlware Spaniel, 1850 For Sale

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Antique pottery in good taste – harmic.little   A rare and early Staffordshire spaniel mantle / chimney
ornament or comforter glazed with a pearlware glaze
and with the number '4' impressed in the base;
possibly Staffordshire, circa 1850.   As far as I know very little has been written about the dating of Staffordshire spaniel ornaments. Their appearance as a popular phenomenon appears to coincide with Queen Victoria's accession in 1837 - her fondness for spaniels resembling the current Queen Elizabeth's passion for corgis.   There are sharp distinctions between what appear to be the earlier types of dog, which have fine molding and good colors, and the later, more crudely modeled types. This  delightful creature differs from other examples I have seen in that it has an impressed number '4' in the base (see photograph) rather than the more usual relief-type molded number.  The bluish 'pearlware' glaze also suggests this is early example so I would put the date at around 1850 or even slightly earlier.    This example is approximately 6 ¼ inches tall and 5 ⅛ inches wide across the base. It has rich red fur, black nose and finely detailed eyes with yellow coloring. It has a typical gold chain. The condition is very good with usual rubbing to the glaze in places but no cracks, chips or restoration.   Thanks for offerding on this beautiful Staffordshire spaniel and good luck! Absolutely guaranteed authentic. Insurance is included with shipping. 
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