A couple of months ago, my friend Malcolm Hodkinson drew my attention to a large pair of lions coming up at auction in London. From a small catalog picture, they appeared to be traditional early 19th century Staffordshire lions. But looked at in the flesh or in a large picture, the differences were apparent.
Since then, another pair has come up at auction in the UK, again cataloged correctly. Sometimes these lions are marked and that aids auctioneers, who are required to know an awful lot about an enormous range of goods. It is possible that mistakes will be made--in fact I have just encountered a pair described as circa 1840 coming up for auction July 12. So watch out for these lions. If you want them, that's fine. But please don't mistake them for The Real Thing.