This is a mid-19th Century Staffordshire Figurine of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte III (1808 - 1873). It shows Louis Napoleon on horseback.
There are raised letters on the base annotating the title of the flatback figure - these would have originally been highlighted with gold gilt - but this has in the main rubbed off over the years.
The Emperor is shown in a typical heroic pose and he is shown wearing a plumed bicorn hat - he has a tunic with peppermint green cap, yellow gauntlet gloves. The yellow colour is picked out in the decoration on his horse.
It is in good antique condition - with no chips or cracks - the legs have not been broken over the last 160 years, which given their delicacy is quite amazing.
There is evidence of an old firing crack to the top of the raised front leg of the horse, as photographed. You do not see this on display - and it has remained stable and secure since the figurine was made.
A fine display piece - with more sparse use of colours - and in the main more pastel tones.
Dimensions: 12 1/4 inches in height. Width is 8 inches and the depth is 4 inches.
Weight unpacked is 1.6 kg
A rarer Staffordshire figurine. In fine antique condition - just the firing crack to the top of the horse's front leg as mentioned - but that is the only issue. This is taken into account with the pricing in my Iconic Edinburgh online store. Probably a model for the specialist Staffordshire pottery collector.
Sadly, I will not be able to post this one outside of the UK.