Staffordshire Pottery Figural Group of New Marriage Act

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Description

English Staffordshire Pottery Figural Group of The New Marriage Act, circa 1900, after the original 1823 designs.

Arched shell back forms an architectural arbor in the center of which stands the parson, John Frill and Ann Boke and the clerk. The four figures cluster around a well-designed altar table with claw feet, peeking out from under the orange red and gilt altar table cloth.

John Frill’s hat is laid on the ground by his feet; he and Ann are dressed as colorful dandies of their day. The background behind the minister is enamelled with black lines to indicate stained glass and the chapel structure. Bright enamel colors are evident throughout. Faces are quite expressive.

The front is stepped and decorated with orange, grey and black sgraffito to imitate marble. The top of the arbor has a faux brick arch, and a shaped plaque in back announces:

THE NEW MARRIAGE ACT

JOHN FRILL AND

ANN BOKE AGED 

21 THAT IS RIGHT

SAYS THE PARSON 

AMEN SAYS 

THE CLERK

Unsigned.

6 1/4” H x 6” W. x 4 3/8” D.

 

Circa 1823.

Condition: No chips or cracks to main area. Firing cracks to base. The crazing to glazing, consistent with age.  Happy to Facetime a review with interested parties.

Ships from Alameda, CA.