Our family doesn't celebrate Christmas, but last week I couldn't help wondering what I would decorate the table with if Christmas were my "thing." Top on the list would be a Madonna and Child. I hunted around, and by some miracle this gorgeous figure is on Aurea Carter site, just waiting for a home. I think this is one of the most beautifully modelled Staffordshire groups of all time.
Some earthenware figures of this Madonna and Child are on square bases and they are so very like the terracotta that the molds were probably made directly from it--the size difference could be accounted for by shrinkage in firing. Below is an example on a square base, formerly in the stock of Andrew Dando.
Below is another example of this Madonna and Child on a square base. This group is in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Play the slideshow and you will see both the front and back.