A figure of a boy attributed to Theophilus Smith and a figure of Venus by John Pattison, circa 1800 and dated 1825

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Lot 158
A figure of a boy attributed to Theophilus Smith and a figure of Venus by John Pattison, circa 1800 and dated 1825

Sold for £ 540 (US$ 653) inc. premium
A figure of a boy attributed to Theophilus Smith and a figure of Venus by John Pattison, circa 1800 and dated 1825
Both in Pratt Ware colouring, the boy standing holding a bone for a playful dog, on a high octagonal base, 19.4cm high, the naked Venus leaning against a dolphin, holding a yellow robe, standing on a raised base, 14.8cm high, marked indistinctly 'John Pattison 1825' painted under the base (some restoration) (2)

Footnotes

  • The figure of the boy could be the work of Theophilus Smith as it is very similar to a marked figure, see Pat Halfpenny, English Earthenware Figures (1991), p 155. The Venus figure is illustrated in Halfpenny's book at page 118 and it was also loaned to the Stoke-on-Trent Museum in 1991. A John Pattison was listed as an earthenware and toy manufacturer in Longton between 1818 to 1830. Another figure marked in a similar way by Pattison was in the Ernest Allman collection.
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