Antique Staffordshire Figure Captain James Cook c 1845 Alpha Factory Rare Piece
Here we have a superb, rare and highly collectable Victorian
Staffordshire figure of the famous Naval explorer Captain James Cook.
This beautifully modelled figure believed to have been
produced by the Alpha factory (1840 -1853) shows Cook seated on a chair
consulting documents on a round topped table at his side. The figure has been
hand coloured and he sports a cobalt blue frock coat and green breeches. Other
colours used are orange, iron red, pink and black. His waistcoat is decorated
with small black dots and there are gilded highlights picking out his coat
buttons and gaiters for example.
Captain Cook (1728 -1779) was a British explorer, navigator,
cartographer and Captain in the Royal Navy. He made detailed maps of
Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific during which he
achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of
Australia and the Hawaiian Islands and the first recorded circumnavigation of
New Zealand. Cook was attacked and killed in 1779 during his third exploratory
voyage in the Pacific while attempting to kidnap a Hawaiian chief in order to
reclaim a stolen cutter.
The figure stands 7 1/4 inches high and the base is 5 inches
wide. It weighs 652g unpacked. It is in good condition with a slightly warped,
so can rock slightly on the base, a little paint flaking and it has been broken
at the neck, travelling round to the shoulder and re-glued back in place.
This is a great item for any collector or rare Staffordshire
portrait figures or Cook related pieces.
Free international postage with this item.