Here you see the mark impressed clearly in the pearlware body. While we associate the Leeds Pottery with creamware, it made pearlware too, and the blue-tinged glaze leaves little doubt that this is indeed a pearlware figure!
The Leeds Pottery in Yorkshire was built in around 1770, and in 1820 the manufactory closed. It is better known for its wares than its figures, but a range of figures was made. Subjects suggest that Leeds figures date from the eighteenth century.
No Leeds figures with bocages are recorded, but in some instances leaves are placed on the support behind the figure, as you see here.
A note of caution:
Between 1890 and 1957, J. W. & G. W. Senior made figures
from the old Leeds molds. These too can bear the impressed “LEEDS
POTTERY” mark, but their modeling and coloring betray their later
date of manufacture.
A note of hope:
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Thanks to my erudite friend Bob for this info about the Leeds lady:
There is another example shown in Towner’s English Cream-Coloured Earthenware, pl 56. Described as a figure from a pair of falconers, pearlware, enameled in yellow, dark red, turquoise, brown and black. The stump to the right as shown curves to the right rather than going up. She also appears in his later book, Creamware. It’s in the BM. The earlier book has an undecorated pearlware figure of a male falconer.
Here is the British Museum figure that Bob mentions. You can see her on th Museum site at http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=73187&partId=1&place=38401&plaA=38401-2-11&page=1