A very rare late Leeds Pottery stallion modeled standing on an oblong base.
Creamware enamel-painted horses are rare. The largest horses were made by Leeds. Our horse is 16.75 inches tall x 14.75″ long, it’s quite impressive.
The original Leeds Pottery factory closed around 1849-50. This figure dates to the circa 1890-1900 revival period when the Senior Family revitalized the Leeds factory using the original molds.
This cream colored horse has an orange bridle and a full bushy tail. He stands with his head to the right wearing a halter, the lead line lying across his back. The figure is finely modeled; the tail is neatly applied swinging onto one hind leg. The top of the base is a mottled green within a molded stiff leaf border which is glazed in manganese.
H 16.75 in. x W 7 in. x D 14.75 in.
Some light crazing throughout. Some excellent invisible restoration to the body, and an original patch underneath where there is no glaze.
These large figures of horses were made for window displays in the shops of saddlers and tack stores, for dealers trading in horse equipment, and foodstuffs. Most examples are now in public collections including the York Museum and Leeds City Museum.
A similar example can be seen in Leeds Museums and Art Galleries (Temple Newsam House) and was featured in an exhibition there during an exhibition which ran June 1- October 30, 2005 in The Leeds Pottery 1770 – 1881. Another similar horse is at The Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland (GLS 314039).
See Griselda Lewis, A Collector’s History of English Pottery, p. 123; also John and Griselda Lewis, Pratt Ware, 1780-1840 (1984), p. 65 and Pat Halfpenny, English Earthenware Figures 1740-1840 (1991), p. 126.
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