Early Staffordshire figure of ‘Summer’, attr. Dixon & Austin, Sunderland, c. 1825
Early Staffordshire figure of ‘Summer’ with underglaze colours, modelled as a classical maiden with full cornucopia in her left arm, a large bunch of grapes in her right, wearing a sparsely decorated robe with black sandals, on a high grassy mound set on a low marbled plinth, titled to the front ‘SUMMER’.
Unmarked, attributed to
Dixon & Austin, Sunderland,
excellent condition with just some chipping along back edge
Marked examples of this model featuring purple lustre details are recorded with impressed DIXON AUSTIN & Co marks, used 1820-26. Other firms may have used the moulds, but except for the absence of lustre in this example, the techniques and colours conform to the Sunderland productions. The colours are not the usual Staffordshire onglaze enamels, but were put on before the final clear lead glaze was applied – resulting in perfect preservation without the usual fritting & flaking seen on the Staffordshire on-glaze products!
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