A Pair of Staffordshire Figures lions & Lambs - circa 1848
The lion tamer, Isaac Van Amburg from Kentucky in America,
visited England in 1838, 1843 & 1848 and was a superstar.
He performed with lions, tigers and leopards in Astley's Amphitheatre in London,
Drury Lane and in the provinces throughout England.
Always portrayed in gladiator's dress, his performances attracted
the likes of The Duke of Wellington and Queen Victoria herself
The highlight of Van Amburgh's circus performance
was to make a Lion lie down with a lamb
and this was the inspiration of these marvellous figures.
These wonderful models were made in 3 sizes,
This is the largest size, big and beautiful.
Yes a big pair.
Yes a beautiful pair.
Yes a true pair, that have always been together.
They are just simply top drawer.
There is no damage.
There is no restoration.
Height: 10.5 inches