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Staffordshire General Simpson on horseback group

Victorian, circa 1860. 13.1ins high, 7.9ins wide, 3ins depth. Staffordshire group with a military theme which features a general holding a flag, on horseback. And a cannon, stood on an oval base. The piece is titled, 'GNL SIMPSON' . Multi-coloured with underglaze blue version. Dull gilt base line and embellishment.

Flatback, decorated mainly to the front. Vent hole to the reverse.

This piece represents Sir James Simpson (1792-1868) served with the Grenadier Guards during the Peninsular War of 1812-1813. In 1845 he was second in command to Sir Charles Napier during the Kacchi expedition. In 1854 he was appointed Chief of Staff during the Crimean War, for which in 1855 he was awarded a knighthood for his services and the capture of Sebastopol. Book reference ,'Victorian Staffordshire Figures 1835-1875' Book 1, by A.& N. Harding, page 131, figure 329 P.

Condition

Good. No restoration. A few paint losses to ground, hooves, rug and hair.

Slight rubbing to gilt.

KILN EFFECTS: flecks of stray coloured glaze to the reverse;

glaze run to the cobalt blue;

thin glaze application to the cobalt blue.


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