BESWICK VINTAGE SHELDRAKE FIGURINE BY ARTHUR NOEL GREDINGTON

This artistically modeled Sheldrake in flight figurine was modeled by Arthur Noel Gredington and was produced between 1943-1973.



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This Sheldrake duck figure is hand painted in several naturalistic colors and is presented beautifully in flight. This Sheldrake in flight figurine is considered the most desirable of the Beswick's Duck Series. Model number is 994 which is impressed with the black Beswick ink mark in a circular fashion on base of figurine. The factory mark Beswick is also impressed. For further information see reference book: The Beswick Collector's Handbook by Harvey May copyright 1986 Publisher: Kevin Francis Pub. Ltd., UK. 1986. See pages 36-37 and page 55.

COMMENT: For bird lovers and bird watchers, this would make a very classy gift.

MANUFACTURER: Beswick Potteries

BRIEF HISTORY OF BESWICK:

The business ran from the Gold Street Works as J. W. Beswick until about 1918 when the firm gradually expanded its activities after the 1914-1918 war, at which time the factory geared itself toward fancy pottery for the home and over-seas markets.

James Wright Beswick died in 1921 and his son, John died in 1936. The Beswick company was then made a Limited company. John Beswick, Ltd. was created with the Managing Director, John Ewart Beswick, the grandson of James Wright Beswick, and his Sales Director Gilbert Beswick introducing new pieces to the range.

Arthur Gredington in 1939 was appointed chief modeller for animals of all kinds and is well known for his superb work of accurate and realistic animals. James Hayward also contributed to the high quality pieces as decorating manager from 1934 to art Director. From 1957 he designed almost 3,000 decorations, patterns and glazing.

Beswick Wares were extremely popular in England and abroad being one of the finest ranges available. Beswick achieved remarkable success with highly specialized lines including life-like models, grave and gay, equestrian figures, dogs modelled from famous prize-winners, birds in great variety, wild and domestic animals, fish, Toby jugs, salad wares and cottage wares including Beatrix potter collection.

In 1947, Lucy Beswick suggested bringing to life the illustrations in the Beatrix Potter books. In 1948, John Beswick secured the right to reproduce a range of 10 Beatrix Potter characters, the first of which was Jemima Puddle-Duck, modelled by Arthur Gredington. In 1952, Beswick began manufacturing a range of Disney characters, including Snow White, Mickey Mouse, and Bambi. Along with the designs of James Hayward, the high-quality pieces they produced have became highly sought after by collectors.

In 1969 Beswick sold out to Royal Doulton. Animals models continued production but new models had reduced colors and many lines were being withdrawn.

By August 1989 the decision was taken for all Beswick to be produced under the Royal Doulton Royal Albert DA backstamp. All animals produced were issued with a DA backstamp. The popularity of the Beatrix Potter characters was a factor in re-introducing the range in 1998, specifically for the collectors market.

By the end of 2002 Royal Doulton ceased the manufacture of all Beswick products. In 2003, the Gold Street works was sold to property developers ensuring that Beswick truly was History and an end to the Beswick era as a pottery company.

DESIGNER: Arthur Noel Gredington

NOTE ABOUT DESIGNER: "Mr. Gredington was a versatile sculptor, his models reflected a sensitive artistic temperament. Although many other freelance modellers submitted successful models to Beswick between 1939-1968, it was Gredington's work, combined with that of Albert Hallam which was essential to Beswick's continued popularity. " (quotation taken from page 37 of Beswick Collector's Handbook).

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: England

MEASUREMENTS:

Length: 9" (Back to Tail)

Width: 8.75" (Wing Tip to Wing Tip, left to right)

Height: 6" (bottom base to top of wing)

Base Diameter: 3.75"

CIRCA: Years of production of this duck were 1943-1973. By 1973 this model was withdrawn.

CONDITION: Excellent! There are no chips, no repairs, no stains, no wear to the various colors of


ITEM NUMBER: PFTP001319
PRICE: $175.00

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