These are a rarer pair of Bo'ness (Scottish Pottery) mantlepiece dogs.
They are a matching and true pair in excellent antique condition.
They are much more unusual in that they are grey and white colouring, with a blue bow and wee painted eyes. They are called Pekingese Dogs. These dogs are often attributed as being made in Staffordshire - but they are definitely Scottish in origin, dating to around 1909.
They have an Edwardian Registration Number lozenge on the base, as photographed. Reg No. 342671 (in 1909).
They are a genuine antique pair - and are NOT modern reproduction.
A fabulous display pair - each measuring 8 inches wide and with a height of 7 1/2 inches.
They are quite heavy items - and unpacked they are over 2 kg in weight - so I would have to send with you using Parcelforce 48 (hence slightly more expensive postage quote in the UK). I would probably not be able to post outside of the UK affordably - possibly could send in two parcels - please enquire outside of the UK.
They have no damages or cracks.
My price is a fair one and takes into consideration their fine condition - and also that these are in this harder to source grey colour - you more often find these in russet and tan colours.
This pair also has a very interesting historical provenance.
They were sold by Sotheby's (Edinburgh Sale), 7 - 8 November 1994 (Lot 892) (The Iris Fox Sale) (see my other Fox collection pieces in my Iconic Edinburgh online shop). For more information on Iris Fox Collection - please see this website:
HISTORY: In the 18th century, Bo’ness was one of the most thriving towns on the east coast and ranked as the third port in Scotland.
Among the town's many thriving industries was pottery production and Bo'ness soon became established as one of the main pottery-producing areas in the country.
Pottery production in the town lasted for almost 200 years and it reached its heyday at the end of the 19th century when three factories were operating simultaneously at Bo'ness, Grangepans and Bridgeness.
The last pottery closed as recently as 1958.
For further information, you can look at this interesting website: www.bonesspottery.co.uk