Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Wow!  Last week at Christie's South Ken
a pair of white rabbits fetched $11, 685.
This is just GREAT NEWS.  I have the same pair for $7500 .

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fox Vases

Fox and kit spill vases, 8 1/2 inches tall, beautiful pink interiors, very rare figures and interesting, because they have often been sold as wolves.  A visit to GOOGLE resulted in the info that foxes and wolves are part of the canine family, just like the family pet. A baby wolf is called a pup.  Lots of info if you click:
This pair is from the Thomas Parr pottery and so finely molded they could pass for porcelain.

Monday, March 11, 2013


There was an interesting article in the New York Post on March 10th:

  Lots of interesting history and speculation about the summer arrival of Queen Elizabeth's great grandaughter !  Bookies have already made Diana the favorite name !!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Last week in the UK a pair of Milk Sold Here cows made almost 3500 pounds sterling at auction.
but except for the one spill chip they look really great, and I would love to own them!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Absentee Bidding: at the mercy of the Auctioneer

Aren't these wonderful? Almost 9" tall.
They sold last May for around $2200 in England.

It would appear some poor soul left a bid of 1200 pounds, but lost them; the dogs sold for 1220.
Can you imagine a 20 pound increment at that level?


Staffordshire Figure Association Dues

Staffordshire Figure Association Membership

Dues for SFA 2013 are due in January.
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Pair of Lincoln and Wellington on horseback

I was absolutely thrilled to hear from Louise Stevenson with the answer to my problem, about why Abraham Lincoln was paired by the mid Victorian potters with the Duke of Wellington.

Louise is an expert on the world of Uncle Tom and spoke to the Staffordshire Figure Association several years ago on the subject of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Uncle Tom; it was fascinating stuff.

The Illustrated London News was an important source for the potters and many, many moulds were based on the newspaper prints. For years we wondered why Garibaldi was paired with William Shakespeare as they lived centuries apart but it seems that Garibaldi visited England just about the time of Shakespeare's 300th birthday, and surely in some issue of the News in 1864 the two pictures were juxtaposed. (See Stephen Smith's Sunderland site for more on this: http://www.matesoundthepump.com/ )

So, back to Lincoln and Wellington. The assassination of President Lincoln was much in the worldwide news in 1865, which happened to be the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (1815), easily explaining why these famous men were paired up by the potters.

What it doesn't explain, why on horseback?