Britannia & Lion

 

Stock No: 002064

 

Height: 7.25 Inches / 18 cm

 

Reference: Myrna Schkolne Staffordshire Figures 1780 to 1840 Vol 2, Page 82, Fig 61.6

 

Price: £1650.00

 

A faintly titled Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of Britannia with fine modelling and decorated with a variety of overglaze enamels, here she sits bare footed atop a round base with the impressed title ‘Britannia’ to the front base edge on a grassy mound, to her left is a shield, to her right a recumbent lion, wearing a plumed helmet, armoured breastplate, shawl, and long skirt tied at the waist with a sash, her left hand resting on the shield, her right raised holding a trident. The solid silver trident is not original to the figure and placed for effect. Several patriotic type figures were produced in Staffordshire as the British were flushed with the expansion of the  Empire and its position in the world. Both Britannia and the lion have continued to be a strong symbol of British identity. This very rare example is the one used as the illustration in Myrna’s book. Made in Staffordshire, England c1820.

 

Current Condition: Some professional restorations/repairs by Ceramic Conservationists to the British Royal Family.