The Wedgwood mark that we find on about two dozen figure models is far from common. Surprisingly, it is not the mark of the famous Wedgwood manufactory. Rather, it is the mark of Ralph Wedgwood, who was active as a potter from 1788 to 1800. This mark enables us to date marked Wedgwood figures within a fairly narrow time frame.
I spent last week proofing Volume 4 of Staffordshire Figures 1780-1840, and, in so doing I noticed again that there are no less than THREE models of Venus with the Wedgwood mark. The first, the figure of Venus below, stands with Cupid. This is a fairly traditional/ordinary model, of the sort that several pot banks made. Ralph Wedgwood was a skilled plagiarist, so it comes as no surprise that he too copied this model. As on all his marked figures, the mark is impressed in small uppercase letters on the back of the base.