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Ale-Bench and Teetotal

ca. 1825
19th c
7 in. x 7 1/4 in. x 4 1/2 in. (17.78 cm x 18.42 cm x 11.43 cm)

Staffordshire, England, English, b. mid 17th Century
Obadiah Sherratt, British, (ca. 1775–ca. 1845)

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: 2005.115.a.b
a- Ale-Bench- H: 7; W: 7 1/4; D: 4 1/2 inches
b- Teetotal- H: 7 3/4; W: 6 3/4; D: 4 3/4 inches

The misery of life in a drunkard's home, with its furniture tipped over, china scattered on the floor, and wife quarreling with her spouse, is sharply contrasted to the perfect harmony of life in the home of a non-drinking family - where the wife is content, baby in her arms, and the dining room table is prepared with a bountiful tea.

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 sculpture

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  • see Display Comments for complete dimensions Dimensions: 7 x 7 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (17.78 x 18.42 x 11.43 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Oliver-Sutton Antiques
    Role: dealer
    Place: London, England
    Dates: March 30, 1988

  • Owner Name: Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
    Role: collectors
    Place: Los Angeles, California
    Dates: March 30, 1988, 2005

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