A true mirrored pair of unusual and reasonably rare late 19th century English antique Staffordshire pottery dog figures or figurines each of a standing St Bernard dog. Each Staffordshire dog figurine is free standing on four legs and naturalistically coloured but, simply decorated mainly to the front with hand coloured brown, black, yellow and red enamels.
The figures are in very good antique condition, the left facing one, the right front leg has been broken and glued and the joint disguised, there is also a small chip to the right rear flank. No other chips, cracks nor restoration, each with glaze crazing and minor rubbing and flaking to some enamel. There is a manufacturing vent hole on the underside of the abdomen of each dog.
These are a great pair for display and are very decorative and attractive and unusual examples of antique Staffordshire flatbacks, mantle dogs, "Wally Dugs", Staffordshire dogs, Spaniels, St Bernards, or Victorian Staffordshire pottery animal figurines.
Height 5 1/8 inches ( 13 cm)
Length 7 1/2 inches ( 19 cm)
Depth 2 1/2 inches ( 6.3 cm)
Weight 823 g rammes unpacked
Reference: A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs, A Potted History', by Clive Mason Pope, page 150.
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