Stylish Staffordshire: Dog Figurines

There's something so lovely about the Staffordshire dog, modeled after the King Charles Spaniel, and collected by many people today for their whimsical and endearing qualities.  So what are the origins of this antique pottery?  North Staffordshire in England became the center of ceramic production in the early 17th century due to the abundance of clay, salt, lead and coal.  Many companies in this region produced decorative items, allowing for the creation of many styles and types of pottery during this time period.  

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How were these decorative items used?  The spaniels were generally seated in pairs, their necks adorned with a gold chain and locket, and with a creamy white base coat and small strokes of detailed coloring.  The Staffordshire spaniel became an important Victorian status symbol ornament:  No mantelpiece was complete without a pair of spaniels standing guard.

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As I have studied these unique pieces, I realize how they fit in well with today's decor.  They are neutral in tone, with the exception of small dashes of highlighted color.  They stand out on any mantle or side table and are sure to catch the attention of those who appreciate beauty.

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If you would like to read further on the pottery created during this time period, I came across an interesting article on the Collectors Weekly website.  You can find the article here.  Below you will find a sampling of other styles of beautiful Staffordshire pieces offered for sale on our website montgomeryantiquesandinteriors.com.

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Happy Styling!

Tiffany

 

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