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Pair of Zebras

ca. 1870
19th c
8 1/2 in. x 8 in. x 3 in. (21.59 cm x 20.32 cm x 7.62 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: 2005.94.a.b
a- Zebra 1- H: 8 1/2; W: 8; D: 3 inches
b- Zebra 2- H: 8 3/4; W: 8; D: 2 3/4 inches

Commentary
The Staffordshire artisan who painted the stripes on these fanciful creatures had, most likely, never seen an actual zebra. As a result, the unfortunate creature has been given the body of a horse with oddly-arranged straight, black lines across its back and sides.

Exhibition
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

Object Description
Representational Earthenware sculptures

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Dimensions
  • see Display Comments for complete dimensions Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 8 x 3 in. (21.59 x 20.32 x 7.62 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Allison's Relics
    Role: Vendor
    Place: Riverside, California
    Dates: 01/23/1989

  • Owner Name: Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
    Role: Private collector
    Place: Los Angeles, California
    Dates: 01/23/1989

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