Early Staffordshire figure ‘The Lost Sheep’, Enoch Wood circa 1790


Early Staffordshire figure, depicting the parable ‘The Lost Sheep Found’, shown as a man with a trussed sheep on his back, standing by a stump on a grassy mound, set on a square plinth with brown line all around.

Attributed to Enoch (or Ralph) Wood,

circa 1790

22cm high

Condition: No restoration;  some enamel losses & glaze rubs throughout, the plinth with several shallow chips & staining to one corner, glaze lost to top of shepherd’a crook, short lower segment lost.  Displays well.


ref. Schkolne ‘Staffordshire Figures’ vol. 2 #p208-9 for examples, almost all of Ralph Wood attribution; a marked Ralph piece is shown. However, our example has a slight difference in the mound of the base, and actually conforms to the illustrated Enoch Wood example #97.11. The ‘rule of thumb’ definition of the brown line on the plinth is Ralph left the back panel lineless, while Enoch took the line all the way around – which the base on this example has. This would suggest an attribution to Enoch, not Ralph.




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