The Red Barn Murder: A rare group of three Staffordshire models circa 1828
Lot 66
The Red Barn Murder: A rare group of three Staffordshire models
circa 1828
Sold for £11,760 (US$ 15,700) inc. premium

Lot Details
The Red Barn Murder: A rare group of three Staffordshire models
circa 1828
On titled table bases, comprising 'The Red Barn', the thatched building flanked by bocage, William Corder standing by the open door, beckoning to Maria Marten to join him inside, a pig and some chickens in the farmyard before them, 22.5cm high (small loss to bocage, small figure of Corden broken and restuck with one arm lacking, some chips and areas of old restoration), a group of the murderer and his victim, 'W Corder and M Marten' standing hand in hand, she with a floral dress and straw bonnet, 20.5cm high (fine cracks, loss to flowers in her hat), and a figure of 'W Corder before the judge', his right hand in his trouser pocket, his left hand held to his chest, 19.5cm high (3)

Footnotes

  • The Red Barn Murder is discussed in detail by Myrna Schkolne, People, Passions, Pastimes, and Pleasures (2006), Chapter 3, p 46. The Red Barn and figures are illustrated at pps 48, 51 and 52. William Corder was a tenant farmer who began a relationship with Maria Marten in 1826. Maria had already given birth to two illegitimate children, one fathered by Thomas, older brother of William Corder. Her third child, fathered by William, was born in 1827 and died shortly afterwards. In May 1827, William arranged to meet Maria at The Red Barn in order that they could travel together to Ipswich to marry. Maria was never seen again. Her body was later found under the barn. She had been shot and stabbed. Meanwhile, Corder had travelled to London and advertised for a wife. In 1828, he was convicted at the Crown Court in Bury St Edmunds of the murder of Maria Marten and was sentenced to death by hanging, his body to be 'dissected and anatomized' afterwards. By repute, ten thousand people attended the hanging and The Red Barn itself was visited by more than two hundred thousand people in the six months following the discovery of the body, the visitors literally picking apart the building to obtain souvenirs. Such huge public interest caused the Staffordshire potters to produce a number of Staffordshire models of The Red Barn. The figures associated with it are, however, surprisingly rare.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, the figure group of Corder and Marten has restoration to one arm
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