Mon12222014

Last updateWed, 27 Dec 2017 12am

   201412metrocast

Antiques Considered - January 29, 2014

This pair of Staffordshire lions belongs to a family in the lower Northern Neck. One has an indistinct mark on the bottom, and both are in excellent condition.

In the first place, careful examination reveals that the two are not a genuine pair. The base molding is slightly different, and the coloring is a bit off for them to be a true pair. That being said, they go well together, and certainly should be treated as a pair.

The indistinct mark also tells us that they probably date from the end of the nineteenth century. If, indeed, the mark reads “England”, we can be certain that they are after 1891. Lions were perhaps the most popular animals made by the Staffordshire potteries, save for the ubiquitous dogs, which remain quite in demand.

The lion was the symbol of the British Empire, which under Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901, controlled almost one-fourth of the landmass of the world. The lion rampant represented all of the power and dignity of the Empire, upon which the sun never set. Responding to that popular image, the Staffordshire potters produced lion figurines in droves, these two representing one aspect of that production.

The earlier figures command higher prices at auction, but these two, treated as a pair, would bring $400. They reflect great modeling ability on the part of the potter, and a fine hand on that of the decorator who painted them.

Staffordshire is not as commanding on the market as it was a generation ago. In part, the change is attributable to the decline in the overall economy, and in part to the ever-changing tastes of the public at large. These are fine pieces, and although the market for them is deflated at present, its day surely will return.

Happy Antiquing!

 

narfe

Contact Lori Deem

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

540-709-7495 • 540-775-2024


 

Quikey

Bulletline


 

Balloon House


 link4

Wedding invitations and other announcements

201410chamber

 

201409pr

Contact Us

The Journal Press, Inc. P. O. Box 409, 10250 Kings Hwy. King George, VA 22485

EDITORIAL
Robert Berczuk
540-775-2024 Main

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REPORTING
Leonard Banks
540-469-4196

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phyllis Cook
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Linda Farneth
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Richard Leggitt
540-993-7460
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PRODUCTION
Drue Murray
540-709-7288
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Leonard Banks
540-469-4196

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ADVERTISING
Tanya M
540-775-2024 Main
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ADVERTISING SALES
Charlene Franks
540-709-7075
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carla Gutridge
540-709-7061
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dennis Verdak
540-709-7076
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COMMERCIAL PRINTING & SALES
Lori Deem, Print Shop
540-709-7495
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tanya M.
540-775-2024 (Main)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OFFICE
Jessica Herrink
540-775-2024 (main)

540-469-4031
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Robert Berczuk
540-775-2024
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Drue Murray
540-709-7288
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SUBSCRIPTIONS
Bonnie Gouvisis

540-775-2024
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COMMUNITY &
CHURCH DIRECTORY

Lori Deem
540-709-7495
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PUBLIC NOTICES
& LEGALS

Charle Franks
540-709-7075
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.