Early Staffordshire Sheep Bocage Flatback, Mantle Ornament.
English Staffordshire sheep, handpainted, leafy bocage background, flatback chimney mantle ornament. This is an early flatback (so called because the backs were made flat to fit onto a narrow mantlepiece) - it is pearlware, and carries the bocage background of a Georgian piece, with all the leaves being separate pieces of clay, attached together. In the style and possibly by Salt. It measures 11.6 cm high, about 10.8 cm wide and 5 cm deep. As is so often the case, it has damage. There are two stalks of the bocage background missing behind and to the side of the sheep's head, and several leaves glued back on and repainted. The sheep's nose also has a restoration. There is a chip underneath the figurine at the front, partly showing on the exterior underneath the rear leg of the sheep, and having a small hairline about 10cm from this towards the hoof. Small rim chip to one side, and two scuffs to the glaze on the blue ribbon. All this would be very restorable, as pearlware is easy to work with, but it's all part of the age and charm really. Circa early 1800's.
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