Staffordshire Macombo and Lion Spill Vase


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Object Description

Staffordshire Pottery spill vase with a theatrical and literary theme which features Macombo removing a thorn from the lion’s paw, stood on a shaped base. Dull gilt embellishment. Decorated mainly to the front. This piece represents Macombo, the ‘Lion King’, who was a sailor that became as famous as Van Amburgh and Crockett. He once entered a cage with two tigers fighting each other inside, armed only with a whip. The tigers attacked him leaving him badly mauled, but Macombo managed to get them into separate cages with the help of assistants. His name came from a Zulu chieftain who fought against the British. This particular piece is thought to be a representation of ‘Androcles and the Lion’ where Macombo is removing a thorn from the lion’s paw.

Object Condition

Generally good. Tight hairline to reverse of spill. A few minor paint losses. Slight rubbing to gilt.

Object Details

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+44 (0)1245 425045
+44 7380 389890

Dealer Location

PO Box 12911

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