A mid 19th century English Staffordshire pottery flat-back spill vase or spill holder enameled and gilded modelled in "The Flight to Egypt" shape circa 1860.
Staffordshire spill vase with a religious theme which features Joseph leading a donkey carrying Mary and the baby Jesus, standing in front of a tree all on an oblong base. It is a poly-chrome enamel multi-coloured version with a small amount of dull gilt embellishment and sieved clay "bocage" representing leaves and grasses. This is a flatback figurine, decorated primarily to the front.
This lovely antique Staffordshire figure represents the flight to Egypt, it is based on a similar pre-Victorian figure. Book reference,’Victorian Staffordshire Figures 1835-1875′ Book 2, by A.& N. Harding, page 34, figure 1743.
The figurine is hand coloured with orange, green, purple, blue, black and yellow enamels as well as sieved bocage.
The spill vase is in excellent antique condition with a small crack to the donkeys front left leg, some glaze crazing and very minor wear or losses to the enamel, very minor loss to some bocage, no restoration. - see images.
This is a great item for display and highly decorative and attractive example of religious or biblical Victorian Staffordshire pottery.
Height 9 1/2 inches ( 24 cm)
Depth 3 1/4 inches (8.3 cm)
Width 7 inches (18 cm)
Weight 812 grammes unpacked
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