Antique 4" Rust Brown & Off White English Staffordshire King Cavalier Spaniel Dog Figurines
Here is an adorable pair of antique Staffordshire King Charles Cavalier Spaniel dog figurines, each wearing a gray (one faded) painted collar around its neck. These are a smaller size, and slightly chubby which I think makes them extra cute! They will look great stacked on books, tucked amongst other collectibles on a shelf, used as bookends for a few smaller books...or I think they look especially great paired with larger dogs in groups. They epitomize classic, English country style & decor!
Measures: They stand 4"
Condition: Very old, heavily crazed adding to their patina.
*I have quite a few pairs of various Staffy dogs from small to large and in different colors. I import these from the UK and have a constantly changing inventory. They go pretty fast and look absolutely fantastic in groupings (see last pic)!
Named Staffordshire for the county in which they come from, where potteries produced these ceramic canines meant to set upon a mantel , the dogs are Cavalier King Charles spaniels named for the British monarch, Charles II (1630-1685) who was said to give these royal hounds the run of the castle. In the early 18th century, the figurines were made from china and hand-painted in a labor intensive process of repeated kiln firings. They reached the height of their popularity in the late 1800s and were mass produced in the 20th century. Today, they are highly sought by collectors and designers turning to the past for inspiration.