of the Week on 18 August 2006
Staffordshire Wood type 'The Vicar & Moses' figure
Staffordshire Ralph Wood type earthenware figure depicting a man inside a pulpit preaching from a book. The sleeping vicar is seated above him. Impressed title to the front 'THE VICAR AND MOSES'. Decorated all round with brown, gray and white glazes. Good creamy glaze with blue/gray tinge to the base. Similar piece illustrated page 84, 'English Earthenware Figures 1740-1840' by Pat Halfpenny. CONDITION: Generally good. No hairlines. One small chip to front of foot rim. Abrasions around the foot rim, to the preacher's right hand, face, sleeve and book, along the edges of the Vicar's book and to the brackets of his lectern. Minor bruise to the foot rim on one side of the piece. Kiln effects: pieces of kiln detritus to front and one side of pulpit, and a piece to the preacher's right elbow, shrinkage crack on both sides of the pulpit and a few underneath the Vicar's left elbow. Shrinkage lines underneath the Vicar's left elbow. Reglued piece to one bracket of the preacher's lectern.
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