A Staffordshire Figure of Garibaldi circa 1864
Garabildi the first Italian hero ?
Giuseppe Garibaldi was an Italian soldier and patriot
and helped unify Italy. In 1864 he visited England and was welcomed
with great enthusiasm. Garibaldi and his "red shirts" were heroes
in the story of Italian independence and at least 16 different figures
of him were produced by our potters.
This lovely figure of "Garabaldi" is my favourite of the different models.
John Hall, a Staffordshire specialist, used an example of this figure on the
front cover of his book "Staffordshire Portrait Figures" first published in 1972.
Just take a 2nd look at the marvellous modelling of it, yes you can see why.
This rare figure is an very nice example,
sharp modelling, bright colouring, a brilliantly painted face,
nice gilding and a fine glaze.
Note the beautifully scripted title
and the fabulous spelling !
This is the only titled example of this figure that Ive seen.
It is in very good condition,
only minor flaking to enamels.
There is no restoration
Height: 8.5 inches