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Staffordshire Tithe Pig Pearlware Group

Staffordshire Tithe Pig Pearlware Group,

Circa 1820.


The figure depicts Farmer Hob ( holding a pig )and his wife (holding newborn child) meeting the local vicar. The church rented land and the common practice was to levy a "tythe" as part of the rent. This practice was very tough on the poor and there was a national feeling that it should be abolished.

This group captures the moment when Hob's wife offers the baby as part of their produce and states "If you do not take the child there will no handing over of the pig". Hence the rather startled expression on the clergyman's face. This practice of imposing a tythe eventually diminished and was replaced by other devices such as ground rent.

Dimensions: 8 1/2 inches high x 7 inches wide x 4 inches deep.

Provenance: Private New York Collection;

with Elias Clark Antiques, England.

Reference: Staffordshire Figures: 1780-1840, Volume II, Myrna Schkolne, Page 245-255, for illustrations and discussion.

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