And this figure is not just about its number. Isn't it beautiful? Those early enamels are quite something. Note the same figure occurs titled "Sloth." I have recorded it and an unnumbered "Clown" as A6 on my Ralph Wood figures page.
Before you abandon reading this, let's get back to basics: a simply beautiful tall figure impressed 136 and titled "& Partner." Again, this is in Aurea's stock. The only other numbered example I have seen was in the Potteries Museum. Who is the partner of "& Partner"? This I do not know. I have yet to work that out, but, like so many other figures, she stands magnificently alone.
Aurea also has this sweet little figure emblematic of Water. In a particularly pretty palette, she is unmistakably Ralph Wood. Don't you love her expression? It doesn't end here: check out Aurea's other Ralph Wood offerings.
This summer I am going to work on a paper on the Ralph Wood enamel-painted figures. I am shell-shocked at the thought. The complexity! Ralph Wood's Gardener's "& Mate" occurs numbered 8 and 9--or 9 and 8. To top it, 9 occurs on examples of the Lost Sheep too..........and this is just the beginning of the problem. Untying the Gordian knot? If you have any thoughts, please share!