Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Home Beautiful: Queen Victoria's Terrier, Spot, 1885

Paperweight of Bronze and Granite
English, 1885
Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

This paperweight dates to 1885 and features a bronze figure of a dog upon a low bronze base. The whole of the piece is supported by a plinth of gray, black and white mottled granite, lined beneath with red velvet. The dog depicted here is another favorite of Queen Victoria—Spot, a white terrier with lemon markings. Queen Victoria adopted spot in 1880 and, five years later, commissioned a
 now unknown sculptor to create this figure of her beloved companion. 

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