Don't you just love his face?
A lovely Staffordshire imitation porcelain recumbent dog with applied chipped decoration, hand painted and seated on a hollow base decorated with a gilt band. C.1860. Decorated in the round.
Could be a poodle but probably a King Charles Spaniel, so popular in this period, due to Queen Victoria's love of the breed.
Slight rubbing to the gilt, no chips and micro crazing.
Size approx 3.5" wide (19cm) wide
These Staffordshire pieces were low cost pieces for home decoration, and often have manufacturing kiln faults, such as kiln staining and pitting, specks of kiln soot, and missing chipped decoration having fallen off in the kiln.
They sometimes also have small losses to the extremities but if these losses are glazed it means the fault happened in manufacture.
Often referred to as porcellaneous, this type of white glazed ware was made in imitation of the Chinese porcelain which had been so prized for hundreds of years, but the method of manufacture had always proved such a mystery in the West.