Staffordshire Spaniel Dogs with Purple and Gold Trim
This pair of Spaniels was made in the Staffordshire district of England. A great number of potteries have made Staffordshire their home since the early eighteenth century. These potteries created figurines which were often made in pairs that mirrored one another; dogs were a favorite. The figurines were most often only decorated on the front as they were meant to be displayed against a wall (sometimes called "flat backs"). Each dog in this pair measures 6" wide, 2.25" deep and stands 7" tall. The mold used in their production was "textured" with hair on both the front and back. Cold paint was later applied. Each dog has a black nose (with several whiskers), yellow eyes and black eyebrows. The "patches" on this pair were created with a purple/gold luster paint. A golden collar, tag and chain was also painted on each dog. Each dog has a small hole on the back of the right ear, and a second small hole on the base. They are both marked "Staffordshire Ware England" in an brownish-orange color on the base. They are both in excellent condition, with no apparent damage of any kind.