Staffordshire 'Death of the Lion Queen' figure


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Object Description

Staffordshire figure with a folklore theme which features Ellen Blight with a lion and leopard, stood on an oval base. The piece is titled, ‘Death of the Lion Queen’ . Multi-coloured with underglaze blue version. Dull gilt titles and embellishment. Flatback, decorated mainly to the front. Vent hole to the underside. This piece represents Ellen Blight, the lion trainer. In 1850, whilst performing in Chatham with a lion and tiger, the latter seized her by the throat and killed her before she could be rescued. The affair led to the prohibition of such performances by women but the leading menageries continued to have ‘lion kings’.

Object Literature

‘Victorian Staffordshire Figures 1835-1875’ Book 1, by A.& N. Harding, page 32, figure 49.

Object Condition

Generally good. Any damage, wear, original manufacturing defects (kiln effects) or restoration, when present, is not overly detracting.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1245 425045

Dealer Location

PO Box 2185
SS11 9AB