We have a lovely House Of Beswick Orange Ginger Sitting Persian Cat Mold #1867 Vintage Porcelain Figurine Designed By Arthur Greddington. This is one of the larger Beswick cats we have seen, measuring 8-1/2" tall from a seated position, with a base that measures 5-1/2" by 4-1/2". Although the House Of Beswick produced a number of variations of this same mold -- with the cat seated and looking up in a most appealing fashion -- a number of the other variants were somewhat smaller, measuring only 5-1/2" in height. Our lovely House Of Beswick Orange Ginger Sitting Persian Cat Vintage Porcelain Figurine was produced sometime between 1963 and 1970, when the mold and color combination was retired. He is in purr-fect condition, with no nicks, chips, scratches or cracks.
The House of Beswick was, for many decades, one of the premier pottery companies for animal figurines. The company was founded in 1884 by James Wright Beswick, along with his two his sons, John and Gilbert, and his grandson, John Ewart. The family-run company produced all types of wares, including dinnerware, jugs, novelties, and figurines. One of the House Of Beswick's best loved lines has always been its animal figurines.
As we previously mentioned, the designer of this House Of Beswick Orange Ginger Sitting Persian Cat Vintage Porcelain Figurine was Arthur Greddinton, who began working for the House Of Beswick in 1939 as its full-time modeller. He is often credited for the House Of Beswick's stature as a notable pottery company during the 20th century. Over Greddington's tenure he produced more than 400 models of animals, with horses and dogs being his most popular. This great company was sold to Royal Doulton in 1969, the same year that Arthur Greddington retired, and the same year that the House Of Beswick's remaining son and grandson retired. There was no family left to run the business. Royal Doulton continued to produce the House Of Beswick models, and, for a time continued the House Of Beswick name. Unfortunately in 2002, Royal Doulton shut down the Beswick line, ending a great legacy.
To the best of our knowledge, our House Of Beswick Orange Ginger Sitting Persian Cat Vintage Porcelain Figurine was never produced again after 1970. With the termination of the House Of Beswick line, this beautiful vintage porcelain figurine will only continue to gain in value. Look deep into his eyes -- we've provided plenty of photographs for you to peruse! - and you'll see that he wants to find his forever home.