A pair of Longton Hall porcelain figures of a Ewe and Ram
Each naturalistically modelled standing supported by a tree-stump, their fleece with brownish-black fur markings, the oval mound bases applied with colourful flowers, one painted with vine.
Height 3.2 inches, width 3.2 inches.
For similar examples, see the Watney Collection, Phillips, London, Part 1, 22 September 1999, lots 52 & 53. For a Longton Hall model of a ram with Meissen crossed swords mark in overglaze blue, see Bernard Watney, English Ceramic Circle Transactions, Vol. 15, Part 3; and Early Longton Hall Porcelain, Part 1, Coloured Wares, here the author notes that the first models, made between 1749 to 1751 were marked in underglaze manganese, but within two years coloured enamels were employed. An identical pair sold, Phillips, London, 3 June 1988, lot 524. See the Peter Bradshaw Collection for an example of a ewe applied with variant foliage, sold Bonham’s 24 January 2007, lot 43.
Cross swords mark
|Stock number: 10760|