Prices held up well at Christies, for the economic peddlers of doom and gloom are not going to deter collectors on the hunt. Two other bull baitings exceeded their estimates.
The room did not run out of money, and demand for baiting groups was hot that day. The example below, like the smaller one above, is in the "Sherratt" style. The base is pretty, but I do miss the title plaques usually found on big bull baiting groups. And the colors are rather ...well, dreary is the word that comes to mind. The group just doesn't ooze vitality.
Even though I can't enthuse about all these figures, I do think they are worth every penny their new owners paid. Staffordshire figures of this period are now almost two centuries old. They are fragile treasures recalling extraordinary events and ordinary people from a time that has vanished, and the privilege of being their custodian is well worth the price we have to pay.
But if you don't have deep pockets, don't despair! You can buy a wonderful, small figure for less than the price of a modest NY or London hotel room--and it too will captivate and delight forever.