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Pair of Miniature Staffordshire Poodles Proudly Holding Baskets in Their Mouths (1 of 10)
The Three MusCATeers
Flag of United KingdomKent, UK
I am a small private dealer with a love for small decorative items predominantly from the Georgian and Victorian periods each with their own beauty. A beauty that is not always expected. Below are some of my favourite finds and past sales from Etsy where I have been trading for the last 7 years.
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Pair of Miniature Staffordshire Poodles Proudly Holding Baskets in Their Mouths

REF: LA479873
£160
€187
$201
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Description
I have to confess to usually not being a fan of these Staffordshire Figurines when they are adorned with the accessories of baskets but then I came across this pair. For me they combined wonderfully the naive charm of early Staffordshire figurines with the more formal pose with the baskets. But I think it really was their faces that made it work for me with their wonderful eyebrows above the little black dots for eyes and each with a lovely pink muzzle and large nostrils as they carry their blackberry coloured baskets. The decoration although naive is also I think fine in quality giving that wonderful animation to the faces. This pair of Poodles are almost certainly from one of the Staffordshire Potteries, I believe porcelain and I do think are likely to be quite early dating to circa 1860. They both sport the fashionable Lion Clipped Coat, with shredded clay being used for their manes, their tails and the cuffs on their back legs. The shredded clay decoration has also been used for the foliage in their baskets, no brightly coloured flowers for this pair, it is more like they are offering you a basket of moss. They stand on shaped oval bases with a lightly impressed pattern and the remains of a gold coloured line along the edge.
measurements
Height:
8 mm
Width:
6.5 mm
Depth:
3 mm
The dimensions give are for the marginally larger Poodle.
declaration
The Three MusCATeers has clarified that the Pair of Miniature Staffordshire Poodles Proudly Holding Baskets in Their Mouths (LA479873) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1860
condition
Each of the Poodles are in good condition. There is what looks like a little chip to the front of the shredded moss on the smaller poodle, which can best be seen in the third photo. And there are a couple of tiny nibbles out of the underside of the edge of the bases of each of the Poodles. The Gold coloured line running around the edge of the bases has worn with age and this particularly true on the front of the smaller Poodle again best seen in the third photo. There is some light crazing to the glaze but this has really only been picked up in the photos. And there is of course the dirt they have acquired during their long lives.
location
This Pair of Miniature Staffordshire Poodles Proudly Holding Baskets in Their Mouths is located in Kent, United Kingdom

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