Anyone else binge Teenage Bounty Hunters on Netflix? If you did, you might have noticed an abundance of Staffordshire dogs in the Wesley home. Set designer Lance Totten even gave them a shout-out during an interview with Wiretap.
I was fascinated by how prevalent porcelain Staffordshire dogs seemed to be at all the estate sales we shopped in WASPy North Atlanta neighborhoods and high-end antique stores, so that quickly became a motif I leaned into almost to an excessive degree. I had to ease up on them at one point and make a “one pair per set” rule for myself. That being said, there is one pair of Staffordshire dogs in every room of that house set!Wiretap
So, what are Staffordshire dogs? And, more importantly, where can you find them? Below is a screen grab from the show, also from Wiretap. You can spot a Staffordshire dog lamp in the background.
A Brief History of Staffordshire Dogs
At the most basic level, they are porcelain dog figurines. Popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, they served as status symbols, with pairs gracing the mantels and window sills of the Victorian elite. The figurines were frequently adorned with gold chains and lockets. While Spaniels were and are the most commonly seen breed, many other breeds were produced—including the Dalmatian and Pug.
For a more in depth history, as well as tips to spot originals versus reproductions, check out this article from Barneby’s.
Thanks in large part to the grandmillennial design movement, Staffordshire dogs are making a comeback.
In this pretty sitting room, a pair of dogs sit on gold wall brackets.
Two small dogs adorn this wall cabinet.
I’m loving the small Staffordshire dog tucked into this festive mantel design.
I’ve mentioned my love for blue and white pottery several times. Obviously, I’m a little obsessed with this design.
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