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Greyhounds, the fastest of dogs around, were used as hunters as far back as the ancient Egyptians. They have been much more popular in Victorian times as today they are now listed as number 151 out of 192 in terms of popularity, according to the AKC. Handsome, gentle and sweet-tempered, it is no wonder that the Staffordshire potters made them in great numbers and in a variety of activities and poses for their admirers.; This spill vase group depicts “Apollo” and “Daphne” and it was made around 1860. Although one of the more popular Staffordshire models in its time, the author of “A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs: A Potted History,” Clive Mason Pope, notes that it was once “relatively easy to find until quite recently”(we should remark that this book came out in 1990), however, “finding one in perfect condition and well defined is now a quest for the discerning collector.”; This model is very much like the one illustrated in Pope’s book on page 44 (fig. 8). The colors in the fence and in the ground are the only differences. The depictions of the beauty and nobility of these dogs are identical.; The mythological story of the god, Apollo, and the nymph, Daphne has intrigued people for centuries but was of special interest to Victorians. Slighted by Apollo, Eros (or Cupid, the god of love), shot him with a gold arrow to inflame his passions for Daphne. To make it interesting, Eros shot Daphne with a lead-tipped arrow that made her hate Apollo. As Apollo pursued his love, Daphne asked her river-god father for help and he turned her into a laurel tree. The disappointed Apollo vowed to love Daphne forever. The story binds the two characters together forever, and we hope that the two beautiful dogs presented in this piece do so as well.; This beautiful example is what most people would love to add to their collection. It must have been a cabinet piece and well cared for as it shows none of the usual condition issues associated with Victorian Staffordshire figures. There was only one minute chip on one ear of the standing greyhound. I had this professionally restored, and it is now ready to display.; It measures about 10-7/8 inches high and 9-3/4 inches wide.

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    Rare 19th Century Victorian Staffordshire Spill Vase

    Estimate $300 - $500Jun 03, 2020
    Starting Price $200
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