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Pair of Longton Hall Figures of a Ewe and Ram

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Dates Circa 1754
Medium Porcelain
Origin England
Description A very rare 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 and foliage, and the base of the ram painted with a flowering stem.

Cross swords mark.

8cm High

8cm Wide

5cm Deep
Condition Some old restoration.
Literature For similar examples, see the Watney Collection, Phillips, London, Part 1, September 22, 1999, lots 52 and 53. For a Longton Hall model of a ram with Meissen crossed swords marked 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 and 1751, were marked in underglaze manganese, but within two years coloured enamels were employed. An identical pair sold at Phillips, London, on June 3, 1988, lot 524. See the Peter Bradshaw Collection for an example of a ewe applied with variant foliage, sold at Bonham’s on January 24, 2007, lot 43.