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Circus Group

late 18th century
18th c
7 1/8 in. x 6 3/8 in. x 5 1/2 in. (18.1 cm x 16.19 cm x 13.97 cm)

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

Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: Europe, England, Staffordshire
Medium and Support: Creamware with colored lead glaze
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
Accession Number: 2005.91

Comprised of a bear and lion next to a man, chimpanzee and monkey, all wearing hats and dressed in gentlemanly attire, this circus group forms quite a comical crew. The odd assembly may present - like the prints of 18th-century British artists William Hogarth (1697 - 1764) and Thomas Rowlandson (1756 - 1827) - a satirical commentary on the grand manners and exaggerated styles of 18th-century England or it may simply be a depiction of a group of actual circus performers on their way to a fair.

2006: Kitty Rosenbaum Gallery, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
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

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Representational Creamware sculpture

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  • H: 7 1/8; W: 6 3/8; D: 5 1/2 inches Dimensions: 7 1/8 x 6 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. (18.1 x 16.19 x 13.97 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
    Role: collectors
    Place: Los Angeles, California
    Dates: 2005

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