Figure of the month

Bluebeard and Fatima

J & S Mottashed Collection
October 2022

This is a rare figure of Bluebeard and Fatima, approximately 12 1/2” tall, dating to 1858.  Bluebeard is easily recognized with his blue beard.  He stands upright with a knife in his right hand and left hand on his hip.  Fatima is kneeling before Bluebeard with eyes cast upward toward him, hands folded in a prayer-like position.

This figure may be found in Harding Book One, Victorian Staffordshire Figures, page 311 and again in Anthony Oliver’s The Victorian Staffordshire Figure, page 76.

J & S Mottashed Collection

More Figures of the month

Prince of Wales

September 2023

This is a rare figure of Prince Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, second child and eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He stands with his right hand resting on the head of a brown and white dog, and his left hand on the barrel of a rifle.

Sailors with cannon

August 2023

This is a rare Crimean War figure representing two naval gunners with a cannon. One sailor stands upright with his right foot on the cannon, and his right hand to his head as if saluting.  The second sailor is kneeling while priming the cannon. 

Winter and Summer

July 2023

This is a rare pair of Staffordshire figures representing two of the four seasons, Winter and Summer.  Each figure stands a little over 6 ½” tall and dates to around 1850 – 1860.

Lord Raglan

June 2023

This is a very rare and desirable titled Staffordshire figure of FitzRoy James Henry Somerset Raglan, aka Field Marshal Lord Raglan.  The figure stands a little over 13” tall and dates to around 1854.

Pair of white cats

May 2023

This is a rare pair of seated cats, approximately 13 ½” tall.  They are decorated in bright gold and date to around 1870-1880.  Harding Book Two illustrates this impressive pair on page 239.  

Tiger and lion

April 2023

This is a rare figure of a tiger and lion lying in front of a palm tree.  Circus acts with wild animals became very popular in England during the 1830s and it is possible that this figure as well as other animal figures commemorated these events. 

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