12" Salt Glaze Pearlware Antique King Charles Spaniel English Staffordshire Mantle Dog
Just arrived from England today...this wonderful example of an antique, (circa 1790-1830), Staffordshire dog figurine is perfect for your English country home. It has a seldom found salt and pearlware glaze giving it a unique, very subtle light / pale blue-gray glaze.
Measures 12" tall
Good condition, no chips or cracks, minor imperfections in glaze and clay, one firing stress mark at the front/side of chest The gilt spots, chain and collar have all faded or been worn away over the years. There are a couple of small flakes of paint in the nose / mouth area.
It is not marked on the bottom but that is not unusual for pieces this age
Pearlware is distinct from creamware in having a blue-tinged glaze produced by the use of cobalt and a body somewhat modified to produce a ware that was slightly greyish in appearance. Pearlware was developed in order to meet demand for substitutes for Chinese porcelain amongst the growing middle classes of the time.
Salt-glaze or salt glaze pottery is usually stoneware, with a glaze of glossy, translucent and slightly orange peel-like texture which was formed by throwing salt into the kiln during the higher temperature part of the firing process. Sodium from the salt reacts with silica in the clay body to form a glassy coating of sodium silicate.