A Pair of Rare. The male dog is slightly larger and taller than the female. Male dog: 7 1/4 (18.5cm) tall. And 4″ x 2 5/8″ (10.2cm x 6.7cm) at the base. Female dog: 7 (18cm) tall. And 4″ x 2 3/8″ (10.2cm x 6.2cm) at the base. There is some age appropriate crazing and some glaze shrinkage on both pieces. You can also see mold marks on the male dog’s back, along with other manufacturing characteristics such as firing lines, pits, paint smudges, small debris on the bottom and light paint wear on the muzzles. The red arrows point out these small imperfections that are typical for a true Staffordshire piece. Both dogs are in excellent condition in accordance with age. Please see photos for details. ” Staffordshire ” is a generic term for brightly decorated white clay figurative pottery made in the Staffordshire area from. Until around the turn of the. The pieces made varied from human form figurines to a variety of animals, especially dogs. While wares made during the. From the larger ceramic factories are marked, this pair are unmarked, and may have come from a small factory or a home operation. It’s estimated that during the early to. Over 90% of the wares made in Staffordshire were unmarked. These Dalmatians have many of the indicators found on early Staffordshire figurine pieces. Paint and glaze that has dripped down from the side to the bottom edge of the base. Small, crudely made firing holes on the bottom of the base, like it was punched in with a small stick. Seam lines at the back and chest from the press mold that indicates a time period of. Trim with its dull luster that only comes with the passing of. The decoration covers the entire body. (20th century models, called’flatbacks’, had only the front side decorated). The dogs have a very fine, clean crazing not intentionally darkened to fake the age. The male dog shows a bit more age, perhaps because it has a thinner coat of glaze. Inclusion spots, formed while using the old. Burning kilns and are under-glaze, and only appear after. I have seen unmarked dalmatian pairs like this that are attributed to the William Kent factory. Around the mid to late. There were about 30 ceramic factories operating in the. Operated a ceramics factory at Wellington Street known as. When the small factories would go out of business, the. The William Kent Factory. John Parr and began running the factory under his name only. Firm continued producing 19th century figurines until. When they cooled their. And shuttered their doors forever. While pairs from the larger firms are usually marked, this pair are unmarked, and may have come from a home operation. In the home workshops, the pieces were produced in make-shift kilns by relatively unskilled labor (mostly women and children). This work was done on a piece/rate basis. Middle class to decorate their modest homes. Determining the Age of the Dogs. The age of these dogs can be narrowed down to. Due to the materials used to’spot’ the dogs. (used on these dogs) was phased out around. Paint spots are probably post – 1860. Amazingly, this pair of unsophisticated looking, but adorable dalmatians have survived over 150 years without being damaged or separated! Although the dogs look similar, there are many small differences that can be noted if you look at them long enough. The male dog is slightly larger, and the female dog has larger spots and a shinier, thicker glaze. The male dog’s almost cross-eyed face would make anybody. Even on their gloomiest of days! These two rare Staffordshire Dalmatian dogs were part of a life-long Staffordshire. They were kept in a dedicated display cabinet and were well cared for a very long time. These Dalmatians would make a great addition to any collection of Staffordshire pottery figurines! They would also make great starter pieces for the collector of tomorrow. These dogs are described as objectively as possible. If an item has a scratch or ding, I will tell you. All pictures are of item to be sent. We are a small, family run business and will immediately reply to any questions. You have about our listings! The item “Antique Staffordshire A Pair of Large Dalmatian Dogs, England, mid-1800s” is in sale since Thursday, September 28, 2017. This item is in the category “Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\Art Pottery\Staffordshire”. The seller is “eastonattics” and is located in Easton, Maryland. 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