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FOR SALE: Original North Light Cob
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Model # P1162 – red roan
Size: 7"H x eight"L
original mold, created by North Light.
Identifying marks & logos:
Inside hind leg: "© NL 93", plus " Produced IN UK "
"Cob" is a British term for a "cobby" (translation = stout & compact construct) horse of undetermined breeding. The Cob is a kind rather than a breed. A quick-legged horse exceeding 148cms (58 inches or 14.2 hands) with a maximum height of 155cms (61 inches or 15.1 hands). The Cob has bone and substance with good quality and is capable of carrying a substantial weight. Cobs need to have sensible heads, (occasionally roman nosed), a full generous eye, shapely neck crested on the best, with a hogged mane and nicely defined wither. The Cob need to also have clean, strong hocks and all the attributes of a very good hunter.
North Light model horse figurines are produced of a porcelain and resin composition, which enable for the in depth mold detailing (some with person hair detailing, braided manes & tails, and so on) that is really evident in the finish. The figurines are finished in a studio where they are airbrushed with the physique colour and shading needed for the specific breed piece. Next comes the hand detailing , which can be substantial, based on the horses’ color pattern. Pinto and appaloosa patterns demand comprehensive hand operate, and vary drastically from horse to horse. Facial features also obtain hand detailing, with expressive, lifelike eyes which have a final gloss application to make them look moist and realistic. Touches of pink are added to muzzles. Nostrils are darkened inside to add depth.
With this degree of hand detailing, each model horse will differ slightly.
North Light is a company situated in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, England. The area is popular for its potteries and figurines, which includes the effectively known Wedgwood, Beswick and Royal Doulton brands. In 2005, the North Light factory was sold – like all existing North Light molds – to the firm: WADE CERAMICS LTD (yes, the exact same business that produced these small whimsy figurines identified in red rose tea boxes years ago). Wade repackaged the current North Light horses below their new trademark and resold them within the Wade division as "North Light @ Wade" horses.
Directly from Wade Co. web site, verbatim:
Contributed by Carol Atrak
Monday, 18 July 2005
We have pleasure in announcing that Wade has bought specific assets from Dennis Doyle of the North Light resin figurine range. North Light, which will trade as a division within Wade as "North Light @ Wade", is renowned for its variety of dogs, farm animals, horses and wildlife figurines. They are manufactured in resin and hand painted. The "Classic Dog and Horse Ranges" are completed in marble, china blue, bronze, Monet and other effects to grace the sideboards and coffee tables of the World’s finest residences.
Managing Director, Paul Farmer stated, "North Light @ Wade" will bring a new dimension to Wade’s figurine capability and Wade’s mechanisms for on-line purchases of its ceramic items will be adapted to cater for North Light items as well. We are also looking forward to improving our ceramic hand painting strategies which come with the North Light asset obtain."
Artists, Guy Pocock and Anne Godfrey, have been retained to continue modelling new lines and Clare Beswick, from that well-known family of figurine makers which bears her name, has been appointed Sales and Solution Manager for North Light @ Wade.
The manufacture has been moved from Biddulph to a separate resin location inside Wade’s Royal Victoria Pottery in Burslem.
In 2008, Wade announced they would no longer create the North Light @Wade horses (and dogs) at the factory (in the UK). Rather they decided to release a new line: "North Light @ Wade Premier Collection" (consisting of 17 horses and 22 dogs) – to be produced in China. Many of the existing NL horses you see getting sold on eBay (and elsewhere) today, bear the "made in China" sticker, along with the NL backstamp.
In 2009, Wade ceased production altogether on all existing North Light models . Nowadays, North Light horses are no longer becoming produced, sold or marketed by Wade Ceramics, making these horses highly sought soon after, useful and rare.
I have no idea what the Wade Co. decided to do with all the current North Light horses. Some say they sold the current molds to a organization in China.
If your North Light horse has the "©North Light Produced in the UK" backstamp, you have a quite rare & valuable collectible certainly!
The Greek Slave, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Fujifilm.
Image by scotbot
Minton’s version of the Greek Slave was first developed in 1848. It is made of Parian, Minton’s name for statuary porcelain, which alludes to the white marble from the Greek isle, Paros. The figure copied a marble statue very first exhibited in London in 1845 and now in Raby Castle, Durham. A marble replica, now in the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC, was shown at the Great Exhibition. It stood against a red plush backdrop in the principal avenue of the Crystal Palace and was a lot admired, in spite of ambivalent Victorian attitudes to displayed nudity.
Materials & Producing
At the Exhibition of 1851, Minton’s trade name, Parian was in basic use for all vitrified unglazed bone china, even even though rival businesses had invented their own names for the material. Every component of a figure was created in a separate mould. The smooth appearance of the completed figure was admired as significantly for its technical talent as for its aesthetic qualities. Minton produced more than 500 Parian figures in between 1845 and 1910.
The American sculptor, Hiram Powers (1805-1873) was the son of a Vermont farmer who was fortunate to obtain support from a patron to move to Florence in 1837, where he established his reputation.
Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave depicts a Greek lady exposed for sale at a Turkish bazaar. It alludes to the Greek War of Independence (1821-1832) but was also topical as slavery was abolished in Britain in 1833, even though it was nonetheless prevalent in a lot of American states. Minton later produced additional slave figures, like an American Slave in 1862.
Powers, Hiram, born 1805 – died 1873 (right after, sculptor)
Minton, Hollins & Co. (maker)
Supplies and Strategies
Height: 35.4 cm, Width: 11.3 cm, Depth: 9.9 cm
Object history note
Made by Minton & Co., Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
The Greek slave
Labels and date
The complete-scale marble sculpture of ‘The Greek Slave’, carved by the American sculptor Hiram Powers (1805-1873) in 1843, was one of the most popular exhibits at the Crystal Palace in 1851. This is a little scale version made in Parian porcelain. The invention of a machine in 1844 which could lessen sculptural functions in scale meant that Parian replicas could be developed with a higher degree of accuracy. [27/03/2003]
Mould dated 1848 this instance made in 1862