The earliest Staffordshire pottery earthenware models produced during the late-eighteenth century took inspiration from ornate paired Chinese porcelain figures. Frequently produced in sets of two, hand-painted Staffordshire pottery figurines adorned Victorian-era mantlepieces and windowsills for generations.
By the nineteenth century, potters in England and Scotland produced a variety of canine figurines including the poodles, whippets, and Dalmatians on display here. Among the most popular, however, were the Staffordshire spaniels inspired by Princess, later Queen, Victoria’s own “Darling Dashy” Dash.
This installation was curated by Anne Ricculli, PhD, Director of Exhibits and Collections with Emma Bryer and Emily Rainbolt, curatorial interns.