Staffordshire figures, Victoria & Albert with baby, c. 1840
Queen Victoria & Prince Albert, a fine pair of Staffordshire Pottery figures depicting the enthroned monarchs, with Victoria nursing a very young child, presumably the Princess Royal (Victoria), their thrones embellished with a wide edge of sieved clay ‘wool’, each with deep blue coat & enamelled details, on a low plinth base with gilt line detail.
Condition: minor wear to enamels, small base chips, very nice display pieces
These earlier Victorian figures were made to commemorate the birth of the Royal children, and this is probably the Princess Royal, their first child, born November 1840. The potteries would have started production as soon as the news of an expected birth was known, as there would have been a good market for these figures. It is therefore a good ‘datable’ piece for reference purposes, as it illustrates the type of figure made at that specific date. Many variations are known from many different potters.
This pair differs to the examples in Harding vol.1, p176, in that Victoria’s stool is pierced, and her crown plain. Very close to Fig. 528/9, but with subtle differences.
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