This is a print of the painting that started it all, and you can see that the figures are positioned rather differently in the earthenware group. I do think the earthenware group is lovely. Cupid, of course, symbolizes love. Note the skull and cross bones on the base...the death of Love!
This distinctive marbled base-with-recessed-edge occurs again and again on Lakin & Poole figures with larger bases. Below is an example of Cephalus & Procris. This example is marked "Lakin & Poole". There is another just like it in the Fitzwilliam collection. This time the online object record states the maker is Lakin & Poole....but I am not sure if the object is actually marked or if the museum has attributed it, correctly this time.
The bottom line is that we have to record our knowledge correctly if we are to learn. That's why I hold museums, the care takers of our treasures and the sharers of knowledge, to the highest standards. If you are ever misguided enough to bequeath a figure to a museum, please make sure it will be displayed PERMANENTLY and described CORRECTLY. Better yet, let it go back onto the market.
Remember, remember: this is the week for the NY Ceramics Fair. If you are going to be there on Tues, Wed, or Thurs, and would like to meet, email me...and enjoy!