Madelena Antiques & Collectables

Large Pair Pearlware 'Prudence & Fortitude' Figures

pre-Victorian, circa 1800. Tallest is 20.1ins high, 10.6ins wide, 7.9ins depth. Pair of Wood family Staffordshire Pottery pearlware figures with a classical theme which feature Prudence, holding a snake in one hand, an aperture for a mirror in the other hand. Fortitude, holding a column support, stood on a square base.

Decorated 'in the round' - decoration to front and reverse.

Open bottomed.

This piece represents two of the virtues, from ancient philosopy.


CONDITION: Fortitude: Good.

Some flakes to lower base edge and one to top of column.

A few paint losses to hem of cloak and headdress.

KILN EFFECTS: shrinkage crack to the undeside and top of base, one also just behind right hand;

shrinkage line to left arm.

RESTORATION. Retouched paint losses to base and cloak.

Filled chips to the folds of her robe.

Prudence: Good.

KILN EFFECTS: shrinkage cracks and lines to underside and top of base, including tight line over left foot, running to right foot;

glaze miss to right side of face and neck, resulting in pinker finish to this area;

glaze pops to left side and reverse of cloak.

RESTORATION. Both arms have been reglued at the elbows and wrists and joins retouched.

Remodelled snake.

Retouched paint losses to cloak and base.

Filled chips to folds of cloak.


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