Where sheep may safely graze and pasture, in a watchful shepherd's sight. J.S. Bach
A delightful, early 19th century, English Staffordshire, pearlware pottery, figure the "Lost Sheep Found". The shepherd decorated in a pastel palette of enamel colors. A finely modelled figure of an English shepherd, dressed in the typical costume of the early 19th century period. He wears an open frock coat, delicately painted with puce flower heads, a striped waistcoat, knee breaches and wide brimmed hat.
Across his back he carries a bound ewe. The figure supported by a tree stump in pale green. The figure standing on a pearlware square base, entitled "Lost Sheep Found". The figure in original condition and standing on a very fine custom made, polished and waxed, American maple wood base.
Pearlware was introduced by Josiah Wedgwood in 1779 as an improvement to his Queen’s ware, a creamware named in honour of Queen Charlotte, consort to George III. The glaze contained a small percentage of cobalt oxide which gave the glazed figure a bluish white cast, reminiscent of the surface of a natural pearl.
The figure draws its inspiration from St Luke's gospel parable of the lost sheep: "Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep and lost one of them, wouldn't leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing". The inherent symbolism made this figure very popular in the 18th century and throughout the early 19th century and several different versions were made by English potters.
Title - of interest, please note the title printed on the base of the figure. It looks like a spelling mistake. In genuine old-style printing it can appear that the letter "f" is used in place of the letter "s". However, it is not the letter "f" but a long form of the letter "s", (derived from handwriting styles), which looks very similar to "f". The style started to fall out of fashion with printers about 1780 - (from the English Oxford Dictionary).
This is a lamp of great charm.
George III - Circa 1800
Overall height (including shade) 23"/58cm
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