Staffordshire Figurine Shepherdess and Sheep Tartan Shawl c 1860
A mid 19th century English Staffordshire pottery flat-back figure group of a shepherdess wearing a tartan shawl with a single sheep on a rocky outcrop. Her crook leans again the rock and the sheep has its front leg laying on her arm as she leans in to it.
This sentimental, pastoral figure dates from around the middle of the 19th century circa 1850- 1860. The girl has long black curly hair and wears green and pink skirts as well as the shawl and a feathered hat. The tartan shawl is a nod to the Victorian love of all things Scottish, led by Queen Victoria herself.
The figure is in good antique condition with just a few minor chips or rubs to the glaze at the sheep's ear, the girl's nose, shawl, hand, crook and hat, also at one the side of the base. There is body crazing as is often the case with Staffordshire figures of this period.
This is a a very charming example of a Staffordshire flat back and great to add to any collection of pastoral or animal themed Victorian Staffordshire pottery.
Height 10 1/2 inches ( 26.5 cm)
Depth 2 1/2 inches (6.4 cm)
Width 5 inches (12.7 cm)
Weight 614 grammes unpacked
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