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Post by petet63 on April 20th 2018, 1:15 pm

I have this unusual piece of Staffordshire? Pottery. Is it a dog? Looks like a cigarette/cigar in their mouth. I can find some online but they have very vague descriptions. Is there any significance in the decor on the base. Any help would be great
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Post by denbydump on April 20th 2018, 2:28 pm

Most unusual. Definitely looks old.
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Post by petet63 on April 20th 2018, 6:31 pm

It does look the part. Lion head has been suggested but I think it's a dog. Not seen a lion with a cigar but some dogs round here are quite hard!
I was wondering if it relates to some kind of event/story. Late 18th early 19th is one age suggested. It fits with the style but these were heavily copied in Victorian era as were other Georgian pieces like decanters.
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Post by NaomiM on April 20th 2018, 6:56 pm

I wouldn’t like to say without handling it because there is so much fake Staffordshire in unusual designs coming in from China these days - they have a shinier glaze and made of a white stoneware rather than earthenware.

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Post by petet63 on April 20th 2018, 7:17 pm

What colour should it be under the glaze? It has a chip in the hat...very recent! but not my doing.
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Post by petet63 on April 20th 2018, 8:51 pm

I had not noticed this before. There are 4 holes near the base of the dog. No idea why this would be there. Would they use 4 vents? They are stained. Is there a smoking connection. The 'cigars' don't have holes in so no smoke there Laughter
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Post by NaomiM on April 20th 2018, 9:25 pm

Looks like a stain made at the time of manufacture rather than due to age. I think it’s a fake, tbh.

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Post by tigerchips on April 22nd 2018, 4:16 pm

Yes, looks fake, maybe 1990's.

This one often attributed to Wong Lee of Hong Kong...
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It has the same kind of crasing too. It might have had metal fitments of some kind maybe.
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