A large and highly impressive two-tone treacleware lion figure. One of a pair. Probably made in Staffordshire c.1830-1850. This figure is based on the Italian marble originals which stand outside the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. These lions were later copied by the Bennington factory in Vermont, USA, though the American versions usually have applied textured hair (made from thin strands of clay pushed through a sieve, or clay granules).
These British lions, which are earlier than the American examples, occur in several versions. The best examples have beautifully controlled two-tone colour.