FIGURE OF A BOY WITH A FIGHTING COCK

Staffordshire

1800-1810

$295.00

 

Height 6-1/2 inches.

Standing on a grassy mound by a trunk , the boy holds the cock firmly under his right arm.

Enameled in bright colors.

Head reattached, chip to right elbow, chips to foot rim

 

Cock fighting was common in England until the early 19th century.

Two game birds were matched in a cockpit and fought to the death.

In the 18th century it had become one of the "sports" of the aristocracy. Their named birds brought crowds of spectators who made wagers on the surviving cock.

The cruelty involved led to cock fighting being banned in 1835.

 : PORCELAIN : POTTERY : GLASS : SILVER