Best in show collectibles. Staffordshire “hearth spaniel” figurines were first popular in the 19th century, usually standing guard atop fireplace mantels.
Today these antique figures can bring levity when decorating. They work well in pairs, taking turns keeping an eye on the comings and goings of your household, or in a large grouping, casting a thoughtful gaze from the top of a shelf.
Prop these whimsical pups on a side table for a vignette, including other vintage items in the same color scheme. For example, if you have a dog that is black and white, find black and white transferware and pottery to tie the look together.
Staffordshire Spaniels: A Collector’s Guide to History, Styles, and Values, by Adele Kenny
Staffordshire Figures: History in Earthenware 1740-1900, by Adele Kenny & Veronica Moriarty