Staffordshire pottery figure of Cook, seated. COOK: PORTRAIT, STAFFORDSHIRE POTTERY: "ALPHA" FACTORY.

Staffordshire pottery figure of Cook, seated.

Alpha factory: circa 1845-, 1851.

Well preserved pottery figurine, 190 mm. high.

A charming and scarce piece, which shows Cook seated, bare-headed, wearing a captain's full dress uniform. To his right is a round table upon which is a manuscript. The figure is based on the familiar 1776 portrait of Cook by Nathaniel Dance, or more likely one of its many derivatives. Certain liberties have been taken: most obviously, he is holding a manuscript rather than the map of the world that Dance showed him holding.

A charming and scarce piece, which shows Cook seated, bare-headed, wearing a captain's full dress uniform. To his right is a round table upon which is a manuscript. The figure is based on the familiar 1776 portrait of Cook by Nathaniel Dance, or more likely one of its many derivatives. Certain liberties have been taken: most obviously, he is holding a manuscript rather than the map of the world that Dance showed him holding.

The so-called "Alpha" factory, named by Balston to identify the makers of "an important group of figures, all sitting or standing, which can be recognised as emanating from one factory", was active between 1845 and 1851. "All the figures are modelled and painted all round, and each required at least three moulds. Captain Cook, the most complicated and incidentally the most attractive, required eight… All are of white porcelaneous clay and are so well modelled and painted as to be frequently be offered for sale as Rockingham. No maker's marks have ever been found on these figures…" (Pugh). Seven variants of colour of waistcoat (here white) and breeches (here pink) have been noted.

Pugh, 'Staffordshire Portrait Figures', Woodridge, 1987, fig. 4, pl. C-5.

Price (AUD): $4,800.00  other currencies     Ref: #4308578