|Description: A Staffordshire 'Flint back' figurine of a seated boy and a standing girl. Each figure is holding a lamb. The figures are in white with the clothing outlined in brown. Their faces and hair are coloured. The back is left unadorned.
History: 'Rodgers' Straffordshire, c 1830-1840. John and George Rodgers of Dale Hall, Longport (1784-1814) were succeeded by J Rogers & Son (until the 1836 closing) and produced high quality blue printed wares. They had many series of designs with animals, classical scenes, designs derived from Ottoman geometric art and traveler's paintings of the Near East, but not many American views. REF: http://deltaarchaeology.us/historic_ceramics.htm (visited 27 February 2007).
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-was 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 (visited 17 February 2007.