Sunday, June 22, 2014

Figure of the Day: Charity, A Staffordshire Figure, 19th C.

From a Series of the Virtues
Staffordshire, England
C. 1838
The Victoria & Albert Museum

This early Staffordshire figure is part of group meant to depict the virtues of Faith, Hope, Love and Charity. Here, we see Charity in porcelain painted in enamel colors. She is portrayed as a woman in a white robe which is edges in red and covered with a pattern of floral sprigs. 

Charity carries a baby on her left arm as a small child stands by her right side. The rocky, polychrome plinth/mound upon which she stands has been inscribed with her name and is accentuated by a thin, red stripe.

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