A fine and rare pair of creamware lions each resting on a tall base decorated with swags of dark blue “curtains” with yellow tassels and trim. Made in France, the figures are of exceptional quality.
Dating to the late 18th century, circa 1790, each head and mane is painted with bright yellow lined in midnight brown. Their mouths are painted pink. First you laugh. Then you wonder why. Lions are usually thought of as majestic and fierce animals, but these lions appear to be having a laugh with you. They are certainly not roughing it. Leisurely resting on cushions draped with rich fabric and tassels this pair of friendly lions have a very French attitude. They are very formal and silly at the same time.
Placed on a fireplace mantle these lions would easily be the center of attention!
6.5 inches tall x 6.75 inches long x 4.5 inches wide
Creamware is the name given to a type of earthenware pottery which was originally made from white clays from Dorset and Devonshire combined with an amount of calcined flint.
One of the first potters to make creamware was Thomas Whieldon. He produced a wide variety of creamware. The young Josiah Wedgwood was in partnership with Thomas Whieldon from 1754-1759, and when Wedgwood left to set up his own business, he immediately directed his efforts to the development of creamware.
Around the same time that the English potters were developing creamware, French potters learned about English creamware. They began to make a French version of creamware known as “Faience Fine” making it as early as the mid 18th century.
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