The beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, named for the British monarch Charles II (1630-1685), is represented here in ironstone by the Staffordshire, England pottery of Arthur Wood. The pure white dog is glazed in shades of blue that accent its raised "fur." With a haughty, yet somewhat startled expression that is so endearing, the dog is wearing a medallion on its collar and a chain leash. This dog has a pattern name, Chintz, for the floral fabrics so popular in traditional British décor. Ranunculus, daisies and tulips in deeper shades of blue wind up one leg onto the chest and down the spine of the dog's back. The back side of the spaniel has a very light bit of blue glaze, but is mostly white, and has the classic flat back, meant to nestle against a wall.
This large figurine is marked on the bottom, stamped in black. "ROYAL CROWNFORD IRONSTONE BY ARTHUR WOOD ENGLAND." It stands 11 inches tall, measures 9 inches long from feet to tail and has a base 3 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches. The dog weighs 4 pounds, 4 ounces and other than fine crazing in its clear overglaze (pictured) it is in exceptional condition, with no chips, cracks or other flaws. For the dog lover, the fan of English decorating and the collector of blue and white, this spaniel figurine is best in show.