Victorian Porcelain dogs

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Last week we were given the opportunity to look around St Fagans and search for artefacts that would fit the criteria of our task given. I decided that the artefact that caught my eye the most was decorative pieces and that was a collection of porcelain figures and plates in a little minors home. The collection caught my eye because I thought  it looked really out of place. The home itself was basically a small dingy room, poorly lit with three bed areas partially separated and lodged around five or six people. The household was obviously poor working class so I thought the decorative clean and delicate porcelain seemed odd. This made me curious  so I have decided to take a deeper look into these pieces.

First the dog figurines. These dogs were mostly manufactured in Staffordshire potteries and were commonly king Charles Spaniels. They would have been always found in pairs and mainly placed on top of a mantlepiece. Other breeds of dog were also produced but it was the king Charles that were most popular as they were favoured by royalty. The original figures would have been hand decorated so there were no identical designs and each dog would have had a finishing gold chain around its neck. The popularity of these porcelain pooches was mostly due to queen Victoria owning a king Charles spaniel in the 1840’s and the manufacturing of them lasted all throughout her rein.

 

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