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FAITH,HOPE AND CHARITY.STAFFORDSHIRE FIGURES WITH LUSTER DECORATIONON
Dated: 1815 to 1820 Staffordshire
A fine trio of Staffordshire pottery figures depicting Faith,Hope and Charity.
The figures are exceptionally good quality with attention to detail in the modelling and to the enamel colour decoration. An unusual and spectacular feature of these figures is the use of pink luster which has been added with great effect.
It is very rare to find the trio of figures remaining complete from the c1815/20 period.
A figure of Hope is located in the City Museum and Art gallery in Stoke on Trent Staffordshire which has the impressed mark T.Smith and produced by the Theophilus Smith Pottery in Tunstall Staffordshire (c1790/ 1800.The pottery changed hands on the death of Smith who shot himself after lurid matrimonial issues with his business partner and wife. The pottery was purchased by John Breeze and his son in 1805 who continued production until 1826.
The trio of figures could possibly have been produced during the Breeze era as it is likely that Breeze acquired the moulds , the pink luster technique relates to this period of the pottery's output.
Medium: antique staffordshire pearlware figures pottery ceramic lustre luster
Provenance: Private Collection
Pat Halfpenny Author book English Earthenware Figures 1740-1840.
Page 155 .
Godden Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks reference number 579.