Staffordshire ‘Rob Roy’ Flat Back
This Staffordshire flatback features Rob Roy Macgregor (1671-1734) the Scottish outlaw and folk hero, and . . . by the look of this flatback . . . hottie. This figure appears in P. D. Gordon Pugh’s book on Staffordshire figures and is described as sparsely coloured and in the style of Sampson Smith. The listing doesn’t give a date of manufacture but I suspect that this was made in the last. quarter of the 19th Century.
The description of the figure is: “Standing, wearing a plumed bonnet, a long beard, plaid over his left shoulder, kilt, sporran and stockings. His right hand is on his hip and there is a round shield in front of his left forearm.”
What they don’t describe is his piercing blue eyes and the way that he has colour matched his over-the-shoulder sash to his socks. His name is scribed in gilt glaze at the bottom of the figure with illustrations of thistles to each side. Apart from some small losses of glaze to the band on his socks and on his beard the piece is in good condition. The glaze is crazed but there are no chips or cracks.
It is an impressively sized piece.
Depth (front to back): 8.3cm