An English ;Pearlware Pottery Equestrian Group of The Duke of Cumberland or William III, Wood Family, Circa 1790-1800 The figure in Roman dress, the horse with front legs on a rocky support, on acanthus leaf leaf molded architectural plinth. ;The figure wearing a laurel wreath crown has a green drape around his shoulder and he wears an orange and yellow tunic, blue pantaloons and black riding boots open at the toes. ;He sits astride a rearing horse sitting on a saddle cloth, his legs hanging free. ;In his right hand he holds a small rolled scroll, his left hand rests on his left thigh. The hose and rider and supporting tree stump stand on a rectangular faux marble base with chamfered corners and a wide base with a waisted centre. ;The top edge is decorated in relief moulding in the form of green laurel leaves with the corners in orange in the form of acanthus leaves. Dimensions: Height 15 3/4 inches, width 9 1/2 inches. Reference: English Ceramics: The Francis and Emory Cocke Collection, Donald C. Pierce p 44, #36 for a similar base. ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;The Henry H. Weldon Collection of English Pottery, 1650-1800, Leslie B. Grigsby, ;page 424, # 263, for a lead-glazed earthenware example and a discussion of the model where she writes that, "Few examples of this monumental figure survive". ;She also discusses Harold Mackintosh views expressed in Early English Figure Pottery: A Collection of Ralph Wood and Contemporary Pottery, London 1938, pages 81 & 82. where he argues that while traditionally this figure has been described as the Duke of Cumberland, it is more likely to be the far more popular William III. ;He also mentions that several similar equestrian statues of William III, as well as similarities to Williams''s image on the Great Seal.
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