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Pair Antique English Staffordshire Lions circa 1860 Facing Left and Right

A pair of antique English Staffordshire lions circa 1860 in a recumbent position facing left and right. These charming lions are made of moulded earthenware and then were coloured, glazed and fired in a kiln to achieve their finished appearance. The lion has a long history as King of the Animals and continues to be a popular subject for artists. This particular pair are notable for being depicted in a reclining position and for facing each other. Please notice the life like detail as each lion has the front paws crossed and the tail wrapped around the back legs. They are each seated on a rocky outcropping as would be customary in their native habitat. Beneath this is an oval plinth base designed to elevate each lion. This type of base was first seen in ancient classical civilizations and is an elegant form still used today. The colours used by the artisan range from pale to dark and effectively highlight the sculptural form of the lions. The county of Staffordshire in England was the centre of pottery manufacturing in the nineteenth century as the river in the area provided a fresh stream of water necessary to mix the earthenware as well as providing a means of transport for the finished goods. Today the Staffordshire area makes for a fascinating visit both for its countryside and the museums of pottery making in the United Kingdom. $832 for the pair

# CM591

DIMENSIONS

10.75" w x 5.50" d x 9.50" h

27.31cm w x 13.97cm d x 24.13cm h

A pair of antique English Staffordshire lions circa 1860 in a recumbent position facing left and right. These charming lions are made of moulded earthenware and then were coloured, glazed and fired in a kiln to achieve their finished appearance. The lion has a long history as King of the Animals and continues to be a popular subject for artists. This particular pair are notable for being depicted in a reclining position and for facing each other. Please notice the life like detail as each lion has the front paws crossed and the tail wrapped around the back legs. They are each seated on a rocky outcropping as would be customary in their native habitat. Beneath this is an oval plinth base designed to elevate each lion. This type of base was first seen in ancient classical civilizations and is an elegant form still used today. The colours used by the artisan range from pale to dark and effectively highlight the sculptural form of the lions. The county of Staffordshire in England was the centre of pottery manufacturing in the nineteenth century as the river in the area provided a fresh stream of water necessary to mix the earthenware as well as providing a means of transport for the finished goods. Today the Staffordshire area makes for a fascinating visit both for its countryside and the museums of pottery making in the United Kingdom. $832 for the pair