A pair of early mid 19th century English antique Staffordshire pottery figures or figurines of a young Queen Victoria, seated on a chair holding a baby girl and a seated male figure of Prince Albert the Royal Consort. The child being held by Victoria is probably Victoria Adelaide Mary Louis, the Princess Royal, their eldest daughter who was born in November 1840.
Each of these round based figures are modelled sitting on a chair with unusual and very novel shaped chair legs to the rear . The figure of Victoria has been slip-cast and the skirted element of the body is hollow, her left leg which is supporting the child being on a low footstool the foot of which is modelled as a small gap at the base of the figure. Additionally each figure is surrounded by simulated ermine, modelled with encrusted sieved clay, sometimes termed "gravel ware" by collectors.
These figures are simply decorated with hand coloured with pink, green, brown, black and red enamels and gilding. Dull gilt base line and embellishment.
These Royal themed Staffordshire figures date from around 1841, Queen Victoria had a further eight children: Albert Edward (b. 1841), Alice (b. 1843), Alfred (b. 1844), Helena (b. 1846), Louise (b. 1848), Arthur (b. 1850), Leopold (b. 1853) and Beatrice (b. 1857).
The figures are in very good antique condition with some minor wear to the gilding and a small chip to the rear side of the base of Queen Victoria. Some minor staining and fritting, the base for Albert is very slightly warped and the figure can be rocked.
These are a great pair for display and are very decorative and attractive examples of antique Royal memorabilia, historical Royalty commemorative ware, early Victorian Staffordshire pottery.
Height 5 1/2 inches ( 14 cm)
Diameter 2 3/4 inches ( 7 cm)
Weight 0.35Kg unpacked