Figure of the month

Titania

J&S Mottashed Collection
June 2022

This is a very rare figure of a woman in full length dress and a floral headband, standing 8 ½” tall.  She holds a wand in her right hand and a posy in her left.  The figure is probably a theatrical figure as referenced in Gordon Pugh’s Staffordshire Portrait Figures book, page 432-433, and again in Harding’s Book One, page 285. 

​Not much additional information is known about this figure and no print has been found to confirm its identity.  However, it is assumed to represent Titania, the Queen of the Fairies, in Shakespeare’s “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream”.

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More Figures of the month

King of Sardinia

November 2022

This is a rare figure of Victor Emmanuel II, the King of Sardinia and later the first King of Italy.  The figure is titled with gold accented raised capitals, stands approximately 12 3/4” tall, and dates to about 1855.  It is probably a Crimean war figure, with Emmanuel being shown in military uniform. 

Bluebeard and Fatima

October 2022

This is a rare figure of Bluebeard and Fatima, approximately 12 1/2” tall, dating to 1858. Bluebeard is easily recognized with his blue beard. He stands upright with a knife in his right hand and left hand on his hip. Fatima is kneeling before Bluebeard with eyes cast upward toward him, hands folded in a prayer-like position.

Napoleon Bonaparte

September 2022

This is a very rare figure of Napoleon Bonaparte, approximately 8 ¼” tall, dating to about 1840.  He stands with arms crossed next to a pedestal with a cloak draped over it.  The base is decorated with an interesting marble effect, and it bears the title “N”. 

Fox and monkey

August 2022

What an interesting figure of a fox and monkey, 4 3/4” tall.  The figure is rare and probably represents one of Aesop’s Fables called “The Fox and the Monkey”. 

It is circa 1840, partially painted in the round, and has a solid base. 

Unidentified man and woman

July 2022

This is an interesting figure of a man and a woman, 7 ½” tall.  It would be unremarkable if not for the head peering out from behind the man’s left leg. 

Sebastopol

May 2022

It is perhaps appropriate to show this figure as the Figure of the Month for May 2022, as we stand in solidarity with the Ukranian people under siege by the Russians.

Sebastopol was a Russian fortress that played an important part in the Crimean war. This figure was made at the time of the war, circa 1854.

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