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This figurine depicts Shakespeare's Falstaff. It is made of Pearlware in the Staffordshire region in the early 19th century. An unusual base marks this is an interesting rendition of the character. The figurine is superbly modelled and painted and looks as good as the porcelain models one sees much more often. As is normal with such figurines, it is not marked.

‘Shakespeare's Falstaff on stage’
Sir John Falstaff was the rotund cowardly knight in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1, and Henry IV, Part 2, and in The Merry Wives of Windsor. This figure was copied from a Derby figure, circa. 1766, to mark the death of actor James Quin, the source being an undated mezzotint by J. McArdell. 

Reference: English Earthenware Figures 1740-1840 Pat Halfpenny.

In excellent condition overall with no chips, cracks or nicks to the figurine body. A common issue with this sort of pottery ware was firing ‘crazing’, evident in the images. There were also usually small chips to the base, however this example is a very clean piece in much better condition than most. There are rarely ever examples survived with the sword blade still intact. A replacement, detachable blade (made of wood) is the only addition.

Please the images as they form part of the description and condition.


A wonderful early Pearlware rendering of Shakespeare’s Falstaff.


Material: Pearlware pottery
Dimensions: 21.5cm height
Era: Victorian

Stamps: None

Please note. Additional items in the images are for display purposes only. This includes vintage jewellery boxes.

Staffordshire Pearlware figurine of Falstaff, circa. early Victorian