Lambeth Figurine "The Marchioness" Playing Cards Molded by Fred Catticott dated 1887
Titled “The Marchioness”, this fantastic terracotta figurine find is stamped Doulton Lambeth, dated 1887, and is signed by artist Fred Callcott.
The Marchioness is a character from Charles Dickens’ story, The Old Curiosity Shop, and is a house servant of the Brasses for whom the character Dick Swiveller works. In the story, the Marchioness is taught by Swiveller to play cribbage and she is depicted here seated with playing cards in hand. Toward the end of the story, the Marchioness eventually marries Dick Swiveller.
The artist, Frederick Thomas Callcott (1854-1923), trained at the Royal Academy Schools in the 1870s and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1878 to 1921. He taught modeling at the Polytechnic School of Art in Regent Street. There are some references to works in terracotta including one titled Reading Pickwick which was shown at the Walker Art Gallery in 1887. He lived near the Doulton Lambeth Pottery in London.
This wonderful Doulton Lambeth figurine measures an impressive 18 inches tall, 8.25 inches deep, and 7 inches wide. It is a unique hand-sculptured piece and not made from a mold. Call or email us now if you are interested in adding this once-in-a-generation find to your collection.
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