Staffordshire Spill Vase
The orange glazing on these Staffordshire vases always seems a little but strident and matt compared to the colours of the other glazes. This flatback would have been made to sit on a mantelpiece and hold spills with which you could light your fire. The back of the piece is undecorated as this would have been facing the wall. I think that the figure depicted in this piece is Little Red Riding Hood, on her way to her grandmothers but can’t decide if the creature by the side of her is a friendly pet dog or is, in fact, the wolf.
The stump of the tree against which she is resting is decorated with sprig work at the end of its branches (formed by pushing soft clay through a sieve like structure) and which has the effect of making it look like a pollarded tree in spring.
The dog has a slight chip to his ear but otherwise the piece is in good condition.
Depth (front to back): 6.2cm