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Chalkware Poodle

Sometimes called the "poor man's Staffordshire",  Chalkware is a misnomer for decorative figures or plaques made of plaster or plaster of Paris. The ware was developed in the mid-19th century as a means of producing affordable replicas of the popular, and pricey, Staffordshire Pottery figures of the mid- to late 1800s. Pieces were made in half molds and the two parts cemented together, leaving a hollow center. Some large pieces were cast in a single piece and weighted. The model, image or fruit, was brushed with olive oil, then covered with plaster two inches thick; when dry it was cut in two, the casts were oiled on the inside and bound together with string or tape, and into this two-piece mold the wet plaster to form the image was poured.

This Chalkware Dog, circa 1840 is of the early slip cast type with a scarcely encountered painted body. It is in generally excellent original condition with only as expected small losses to the paint and a tiny chip on base. Height: 7.5 inches; width: 6 inches; depth: 3.25 inches.


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