Over 700 color photos display the ceramic dogs produced by potters of England's famous Staffordshire district during the Victorian era. They include King Charles Spaniels, Whippets, Bull Mastiffs, Poodles, St. Bernards, and many others. Among the figures are dogs alone, and with men, women, and children engaged in a variety of pursuits. Histories for potteries known to produce Staffordshire dogs are presented, including James Dudson, the Par-Kent Factory, Poole & Unwin, Ridgway & Robey, and Sampson-Smith. Instruction on differentiating original antique Staffordshire dogs from modern reproduction are provided. The various decorative treatments used on these popular dogs over the decades are also discussed. Value codes are provided in every caption.
About the Author
Adrian and Nicholas Harding are dealers and collectors of Victorian Staffordshire ceramics, including figures. Both write and lecture widely on the subject from their base in Tunbridge Wells, England.