Early Staffordshire arbour group of two ladies (minor chips to one corner and to one hat
Lot 21
An important early Staffordshire arbour group circa 1750-70
Sold for £18,000 (US$ 30,254) inc. premium
Lot Details
An important early Staffordshire arbour group
circa 1750-70
Modelled with two ladies seated on a bench, wearing bonnets and wide panniered gowns, within an arbour with a domed roof and scalloped edge, a bird perched on the top, coloured in green, blue, brown and yellow glazes, 15cm high (a chip to one corner of the arbour, a fine crack in the underside of the base, the right hand lady with a section of her hat chipped)


  • For a similar group see Leslie B Grigsby's catalogue of the Henry H Weldon Collection, (1990), p 431, fig 268. Another was in the Captain Price collection, catalogue pl. 8, fig. 21. The arbours vary only in the arrangement of the turned rings and the position of the bird on the top. The figures of ladies were moulded and surviving examples reveal slight variations in their detail. The present example appears to be from the same mould as the specimen in the Potteries Museum Stoke on Trent, which depicts a lady and gentleman courting within an identical arbour. This is illustrated by Pat Halfpenny, English Earthenware Figures 1740-1840 (1991), p 32, colour fig 3. Other variations within this class of pottery groups include a model with a green-glazed arbour, sold by Christie's, 27 April 1988, lot 9. Another model in the Weldon collection depicts a single figure of a woman sitting on a pew. Both of these have been shown by thermoluminescence to date from the 18th century.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, the measurement is incorrectly printed in the catalogue and should read 14cm