|Description: A Staffordshire figurine -- a seated 'King Charles Spaniel'. It is predominantly white. The nose, eyes, collar, and feet are painted. There is no painting on the back of the spaniel. A raised moulded mark of '2' is on the base.
History: Staffordshire figurines started in the 18th century. The earliest figures were made from about 1740 and were na´ve but effective renderings of the human body in salt-glazed stoneware - e.g., the pew groups, or figures seated on a high-backed settle. Later some particularly happy effects were achieved in clouded, lead-glazed earthenware in which a subdued range of watery-looking colours- yellow, green, pale brown, and several grays- were used. Musicians, animals, shepherds, classical deities, allegorical figures, and portraits were in the repertoire. Nineteenth-century figures, mostly portraits of English and American personages, such as Queen Victoria and George Washington, were often vivacious and colourful but rather crude. Most 19th-century figures were theatrical in origin, and these are very much sought after, but politicians, preachers, sportsmen, and criminals were all popular subjects. REF: http://www.thepotteries.org/types/staffordshire_figures.htm