To add to my frustration, I am clueless as to the source or significance of the subjects portrayed in most of these little figures. In the case of the example shown above, I have noted it applied as a motif on an enamel-painted dove cote (Staffordshire Figures 1780-1840, vol. 3, fig. 113.1; People, Passions, Pastimes & Pleasures, page 260) and on this money box, which is transfer-printed beneath "Indian Sports 38".
I am not sure, but I wonder if the print alongside, Infancy Sporting with Love, 1675-1730, after Anthony van Dyck is its design inspiration.
I really don't think the two figure groups shown above were designed as a companion twosome. Rather, I think they were two of several putti-type models on the same lines.
I have seen only one other flat-backed figure with putti, and I regret not photographing it. If you have it, or any other examples in your collection, please share with me.