Mother Reading to Children
Stock No: 001762
Height: 4.25 Inches / 11 cm
Reference: Audrey Dudson & Alison Morgan Dudson Staffordshire Figures c.1815-c.1865, Page 39-42 (For Similar Examples)
A superb unrecorded Dudson group figure on a well coloured and gilded base, richly decorated with flowers and green grass, the piece represents an idyllic family setting with a sporting connection. A mother reads to her young children, she is seated holding an open book in both hands, wearing a short sleeved blouse and skirt, to her left, a young girl leans on her shoulder, she has a toy doll on her lap, wearing a short sleeved blouse and skirt, to the mothers right, a boy rests his left hand on the back of her head, his right is holding a cricket bat, wearing a long sleeved buttoned jacket and trousers, a toy cradle below. This figure has a striking resemblance to similar figures produced at the Dudson factory by Thomas & James Dudson, during the production period 1837-1845. The same subject was also produced in the late 1840’s by the Dudson factory using a more simplified form, a delightful spill vase, which can be found decorated in a number of colourways. I recently came across an early Victorian pearlware child’s plate with the family scene decorating the centre, a transfer print depicting the mother surrounded by her children, surely the inspiration the potters used to create this remarkable figure.
Current condition: Very good, professional invisible restoration to boy, dolls head, and book, no other damage, repairs, or restoration.
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