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Porcelain figure of a cow
Samuel Alcock & Co, Burslem, made about 1845.
overall height 3in. base w. 4in.  base depth 3in.

The figure is attributed to Samuel Alcock & Co. based on its similarity to other accredited pieces.  These figures first came to our notice through an usual cache of signed pieces excavated from the foundations of Alcock’s Hill Top factory in Burslem and published in the NCS Journal Vol. 2.  The porcelain (bone china)  body of this cow  is typical of Alcock’s figure production. The modelling of the base is particularly characteristic in its design  and colour, and the gold lining to the edge of the base. In addition the impressed number on the underside of the base is the same size and font as many other pieces. The experienced dealer Andrew Dando and the distinguished author Denis Rice have reached the same conclusion as myself in regard to the attribution. I believe this cow to be representative of Samuel Alcock’s work and I am extremely excited to have found this hither to unknown piece. David G. Alcock 2016.

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Tea Jar made for the Last Emperors of China

Pu Yi was the last of the Qing Dynasty to be Emperor of China because in 1912 he was deposed by his own prime minister. This was Yuan Shikai who became the increasingly despotic President of China before he finally abolished the infant Republic in 1916. Yuan Shikai then restored the imperial regime and became the new Emperor of China under the name Hongxian.

This 12 cm tall tea canister was made in 1916 and is one of the 40 000 pieces of porcelain that Hongxian ordered from Jingdezhen as soon as he became Emperor.  The red seal mark on the base labels it for the “Hall Where Benevolence Resides” which is where Hongxian set up his imperial residence in the Zhongnanhai palace complex in Beijing.

Hongxian died of kidney failure 83 days after becoming Emperor.  We would like to think that the tea canister in which we now keep our green tea was used at least once to provide a bowl of tea for the ill-fated Hongxian Emperor of China.

William Greatbach pearlware Staffordshire figure

Pearlware figure of Cybele
William Greatbatch c
. 1775.

A press-moulded figure of Cybele highlighted under-glaze with manganese oxide colouring. She carries a cornucopia in her left hand, another spills out ‘plenty’ from beneath her right foot. Her left foot rests upon a simple moulding of a lion, acknowledging the myth of her being nursed by lions as an infant. Attribution is supported by a base of this figure being excavated from phase III of the waste tip identified as from the factory of William Greatbatch and illustrated and commented upon by David Barker, (William Greatbatch a Staffordshire Potter, 1990), and Pat Halfpenny, (English Earthenware Figures, 1991).

Dimensions height 13 cm;  base diameter 5 cm.