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Image of Saint George and the Dragon

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Saint George and the Dragon

ca. 1790
18th c
11 1/2 in. x 9 1/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (29.21 cm x 23.5 cm x 13.97 cm)

Staffordshire, England, English, b. mid 17th Century
Ralph Wood, III, English, (1781–1801)

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: 2005.90

Commentary
Saint George's conquest of the ferocious dragon was a popular subject in 18th-century England. This interpretation may have been based on a bronze sculpture by Francesco Fanelli (1580 - 1661) who worked in England during the reign of King Charles I.

This type of figure - the so-called 'Wood Family type' - was made by several generations of the Wood family of potters in Burslem, Staffordshire - Ralph Wood (1715 - 1772), John Wood (1746 - 1797), and Ralph Wood II (1748 - 1795).

Creamware, a type of earthenware covered with lead glaze, was first developed about 1760 by Josiah Wedgwood (1730 - 1795) to compete with the highly popular porcelain being produced at the time in France and Germany.

Exhibition
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 Creamware sculpture

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Dimensions
  • H: 11 1/2; W: 9 1/4; D: 5 1/2 inches Dimensions: 11 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. (29.21 x 23.5 x 13.97 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Dunsdale Lodge Antiques
    Role: Vendor
    Place: Kent, England
    Dates: October 3, 1988

  • Owner Name: Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
    Role: collectors
    Place: Los Angeles, California
    Dates: October 3, 1988, 2005

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