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Pair Staffordshire Pipe Smoking ‘Disraeli Curls’ dogs, c. 1850.


A rare pair of Staffordshire Pipe Smoking dogs, c. 1850.
The finely modelled seated dogs having separate front legs, and curled tails, whilst they puff on tobacco filled pipes. The deeply moulded fur, enhanced with underglaze black spots, and ‘Disraeli Curls’ to their heads; their muzzles painted pink.
Both dogs wear gilt collars, with lockets attached, and sit on oval bases, washed in turquoise enamel, above rococo scroll moulding, edged in green enamel.

Height – 22 cm, 8 3/4”.

Width – 18 cm, 7 1/8”.

Depth – 8.5 cm, 3 3/8”.

Condition – Small repair to one pipe. Otherwise excellent condition.

Possibly inspired by the Edwin Landseer painting ‘A Quiet Pipe’,c.1829, and was later used by the soap manufacturers Pears as a print.

See ‘A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs, a Potted History’, Clive Mason Pope, p.130 – 133, for similar examples, and a discussion of the model.