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Sailor's Farewell and Sailor's Return

ca. 1825
19th c
8 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 4 1/4 in. (20.32 cm x 12.07 cm x 10.8 cm)

Staffordshire, England, English, b. mid 17th Century

Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: Europe, England, Staffordshire
Medium and Support: Earthenware with enamel decoration
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
Accession Number: 2005.114.a.b
a- Sailor's Farewell- H:8; W: 4 3/4; D: 4 1/4 inches
b- Sailor's Return- H: 7 3/4; W: 5; D: 4 1/4 inches

Sailors were frequently the subject of 19th century Staffordshire ceramics. During this period, the British Navy was strong and its leaders gained national prominence. In an island nation that still depended heavily on its Navy for defense and its commercial fleet for economic prosperity, sailors were considered popular heroes.

'Sailor's Farewell' and 'Sailor's Return' have particular significance as a pair in that together they extol the virtues of personal sacrifice as the sailor leaves for the sea and of the sanctity of hearth and home, and as the weary sailor returns to his faithful wife and family.

2003 - 2004: "Clay Bodies: Staffordshire Figurative Ceramics from the Collection of Dr. & Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld," October 4, 2003 - April 4, 2004, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Object Description
Representational Earthenware sculptures

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  • see Display Comments for complete dimensions Dimensions: 8 x 4 3/4 x 4 1/4 in. (20.32 x 12.07 x 10.8 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Oliver-Sutton Antiques
    Role: Vendor
    Place: London, England
    Dates: 11/28/1991

  • Owner Name: Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
    Role: collectors
    Place: Los Angeles, California
    Dates: 11/28/1991, 2005

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