A large and rare Staffordshire model of a dog, circa 1830
Lot 48
A large and rare Staffordshire model of a dog, circa 1830
Sold for £5,625 (US$ 9,521) inc. premium
Lot Details
A large and rare Staffordshire model of a dog, circa 1830
After the celebrated 'Jennings Dog', wearing a yellow collar and seated on a shaped and waisted rectangular base marbled in purple, orange, yellow and black, the edges picked out in bright green, its shaggy coat finely modelled and painted with brown markings, its muzzle and eyes carefully represented in red and black, 42cm high (fine cracks, a few minor chips and flakes)

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  • The Jennings Dog (also known as The Duncombe Dog or The Dog of Alcibiades) was purchased around 1755 by Henry Jennings who discovered it in Rome in the workshop of a dealer and sculptor. The 2nd Century AD marble was a copy of a Hellenistic bronze is believed to depict a 'molossian guard dog', an ancient breed of fighting dog. When the Jennings Dog was exhibited in Britain it was admired by Horace Walpole and Dr Johnson. Sold in 1778 by Harry Phillips for £1000, it was bought by Charles Duncombe and displayed in the entrance of Duncombe Park in Yorkshire until 2001 when it was saved for the nation. It is now in the British Museum. Terracotta and marble copies were popular from the middle 18th century onwards and this remarkable Staffordshire version was probably taken from an Italian terracotta.
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