A real show stopper - being an impressive very large flat backed, hand painted Staffordshire Pottery Spill Holder entitled "Dog Tray" circa 1860. A group depicting a smartly dressed gentleman in flamboyant richly coloured clothes seated on a tree stump next to his faithful companion, an Irish Setter with a white coat and red coloured markings. The title "Dog Tray" was inspired by "Tray" - the name of a dog in the poem "Harper" circa 1836, by Victorian Scottish poet Thomas Campbell - "old dog Tray's ever faithful". This piece has many fine hand-painted details. This piece has flaws, as set out below under Condition however, we are selling it as it makes a big statement - being charming, colourful and with strong gilding.
The colour of the piece is excellent with excellent gilding - vibrant and strong. There is a horizontal crack across the back. There are two small hair line vertical cracks in this area too.There is a horizontal crack across the bottom of the gentleman's waistcoat. There is a shrinkage crack running along the calf of his left leg due to the firing process. There is also a horizontal crack running along from his right leg into the undergrowth. The gentleman's hat has a few very small chips/loss of glaze. There is a decorative clump at the base of the group which shows a small hole beneath which occurred as part of the firing process. There is a faint hairline crack across the dog's upper chest. There is some faint crazing to the glaze commensurate with age. The price reflects its condition.
Dimensions (L x W x H): 21 x 19 x 32 cm or 8.26 x 7.48 x 12.59 inches
Weight 1.7 Kg or 3.74 pounds
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