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Antique French Creamware Lions 18th Century

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A fine and rare pair of creamware lions each resting on a tall base decorated with swags of dark blue "curtains" with yellow tassels and trim. Made in France the figures are of exceptional quality. Dating to the late 18th century, circa 1790, each lion's head and mane is painted with bright yellow lined in midnight brown. Their mouths are painted pink. First you laugh. Then you wonder why. Lions are usually thought of as majestic and fierce animals, but these lions appear to be having a laugh with you. They are certainly not roughing it. Leisurely resting on cushions draped with rich fabric and tassels this pair of friendly lions have a very French attitude. They are very formal and silly at the same time. Placed on a mantel they would easily be the center of attention! Dimensions: 6.5 inches tall x 6.75 inches long x 4.5 inches wide Condition: Excellent Price: $5600 Background of creamware Creamware is the name given to a type of earthenware pottery which was originally made from white clays from Dorset and Devonshire combined with an amount of calcined flint. Creamware was first produced in England some time before 1740. Foremost of the pioneers of creamware in the Staffordshire Potteries was Thomas Whieldon. The young Josiah Wedgwood was in partnership with Thomas Whieldon from 1754-1759, and when Wedgwood left to set up his own business, he immediately directed his efforts to the development of creamware. Around the same time, in the mid-18th century, French potters were developing their own creamware known in France as "Faience Fine".  

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  • Dimensions
    H 6.5 in. x W 6.75 in. x D 4.5 in.H 16.51 cm x W 17.15 cm x D 11.43 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU866513681461
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