L1148N & L1149N Two Staffordshire figures, one George IV to William IV (1820s - 1830s) and one Victorian (1840s - 1880s)
Two Staffordshire figures, one George IV to William IV (1820s - 1830s) and one Victorian (1840s - 1880s) ($55 & $95 respectively).
The smaller figure, (H: 200mm) which has been extensively repaired, is the Georgian figure. The taller figure (H: 300mm) is Victorian.
The Georgian figure is heavier, the colouring is less sophisticated, the glaze is rich and uneven. By the 1840s Cobalt blue had become a primary colour. It was used as it could withstand the extreme heat of the Glost oven. Derivations of black & purple were also used. Most early Staffordshire figures were unmarked as they were not factory produced. In the main they were made by small family groups or by individuals who did not have the resources to design and make the moulds necessary to produce the end product. Some complicated figures required up to 10 moulds to produce a figure or pastoral scene. Moulds were acquired and traded made by specialist Journeymen or modellers. They were traded between makers and it is not uncommon to find the same figure with vastly different colouring.
Note: The Ballarat Art Gallery holds a stunning collection of Staffordshire figures.