A much, much humbler figure in my Shepherds folder is this little girl with a lamb. Appropriately titled GIRL AND LAMB, it was probably made in the 1820s. The model is like that produced by Ralph Salt and other potters of the period. What makes this little figure unusual are the loopy, daisy-like flowers on the bocage.
I went to our farmer's market yesterday and stopped to talk to the local potter. She had promised to make me some additional mugs to add to some I bought last year. I listened as she complained about the impossible task of replicating the glaze color. Added to this, she is having trouble with her glaze bubbling. Today, glazes and clays are standardized, and kilns fire to a digitally pre-set temperature. Also, my mugs required just one firing--not the three that my little lion needed. How far we have come....or have we??
If you have a figure with loopy daisies on the bocage, please let me hear from you.