of the Week on 15 April 2011
A Pair large Staffordshire rabbits
A Pair of Staffordshire figures which feature rabbits eating lettuce leaves, crouched directly on the ground, no base. Black and white version. Flatback, decorated mainly to the front. Vent hole to the reverse. Book reference,'Victorian Staffordshire Figures 1835-1875' Book 2, by A.& N. Harding, page 261, figure 3071/3072.. CONDITION: Right facing: Good. Small chip to the lower base edge, not visible when upright. A few tiny paint losses to the rabbits eyebrows and tail. Kiln effects: shrinkage line to the lower base edge; notable crazing; flecks of stray coloured glaze to the front and reverse; a few specks of kiln grit caught in the glaze to the lower base edge. Retouched paint losses to lettuce leaves and flake to right ear. Left facing: Generally good. Kiln effects: notable crazing; flecks of stray coloured glaze to the rabbit's face and reverse of head; touch mark to the rabbit's right eye and brow of nose; slight glaze run to the black enamel in places. Stabilized and retouched cracks to base, one runs up left side of tail. Retouched chip to left ear.
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