|Collecting Bedlington Terrier
memorabilia is yet another way to learn about our beloved breed. The
hobby need not be expensive—Bedlington mementos are available in just
about every price range. You can start with the antique cigarette
and cereal cards available for under $10.00, and work your way up
towards the more expensive figurines and objects of art.
There are also quite a few present day Bedlington
fanciers who are talented artists themselves, and knowing the breed
as they do, are able to hand craft beautiful Bedlington keepsakes.
BEDLINGTON TERRIER DOG
The art pottery movement in Southern California began in
earnest during the 1930s. At that time Los Angeles was a gathering
place for the motion picture industry and many artists in
the area began small cottage industry style potteries. According
to the reference book "California Potteries, The Complete
Book," by Mike Schneider, Jane Callender operated a small
pottery in the Los Angeles area during the 1940s and 1950s.
Jane is most well known for her canine figurines, many of
which were embellished with her distinctive extruded clay
designs; extruded clay is a process by which clay is forced
through a sieve to form long thin tubes of material for decoration.
The figurines would start as a clay base which was embellished
with the extruded clay. In my opinion, each of Jane's figurines
is unique; the figurines were hand painted and hand decorated
so that no two pieces were ever exactly the same in look and
style. Oftentimes the figurines carried a small store tag
in the shape of a blue ribbon with the wording "Jane
Callender Blue Ribbon Winner." Jane's figurines were
marked on the base of the feet with either an imprinted backstamp
or a hand lettered signature. One problem that has arisen
over the years is that the ink used to hand sign the pieces
was oftentimes not water proof so if a particular figurine
was exposed to moisture or humidity those hand written marks
could disappear over time.
My particular Jane Callender figure is hand signed on the
base of the feet as well as marked with the original store
tag. Over the years the extruded clays can become quite brittle;
when shopping for a Callender figurine try to chose a figurine
with as much of the original extruded clay decoration intact
as possible. Be sure to check the tail for chipped or repaired
areas as the tails can be quite fragile. Remember that if
a piece is not marked with an imprinted backstamp it may well
be that the mark was originally made using a water solvent
ink and may have disappeared over time.
Danish designer Jens Peter Dahl-Jensen was born in 1874, and
received his training as a sculptor from the Copenhagen Academy. In
1897 Dahl-Jensen began a 28 year association with Bing and Grondahl,
first as a designer, and later an artistic director. In 1925 Dahl-Jensen
left Bing and Grondahl and established his own factory in Copenhagen,
Denmark, producing the hand painted porcelain pieces for which he
is so well known. His wife Martha Dahl-Jensen, and his son Georg Dahl-Jensen,
continued production of his porcelain designed figurines after his
death in 1960. The Dahl-Jensen factory closed permanently in 1984.
This particular figurine carries the imprinted #1076 design number
as well as the initials of the individual artist who was responsible
for the hand painted coloration. Dahl- Jensen pieces are all slightly
different in coloration depending on the individual artist responsible
for the hand painted motif.
This particular figurine was the work of
sculptor Elisabeth Anne Philbrick Hall. When she produced sculptures
for Contemporary Arts of California during the 1930’s, her pieces
were signed with the name "Jan Allen". Anne was a graduate
of the Massachusetts College of Art, where she majored in sculpture.
Her husband had been a professional handler, and Anne was an assistant
handler; through the years, they bred Kerry Blue Terriers, Cocker
Spaniels, and English Setters.
Mortens Studio Bedlington Terriers
Owned by Oscar Mortens, this Chicago based
company produced quality figurines for animal lovers from the 1930's
through the 1950's. To my knowledge, they produced two different
models of the Bedlington Terrier. Each model carried a different
color pattern, and were done in diffferent sizes. Mortens Studio
figurines are constructed using a metal framework base. Plaster
covers the metal framework base, which was then hand painted and
glazed. The pieces can be very fragile, especially the tail sections.
|Meadowsweet Studio Bedlington
Art From The Heart Meadowsweet
Hand Painted Cold Cast Acrylic
This figurine was created by my dear friend
Vanassa Sypher, of Meadowsweet Bedlington Terriers, Jonestown, Pennsylvania.
Vanassa is the breeder of my foundation bitch CH. Meadowsweet Lillee
Bluestar. Having been around dogs all her life, and being a natural
artist, Vanassa has a beautiful talent for producing lovely pieces
of art. She has bred Bedlington Terriers for 18 years, and has a
wonderful eye for the type and style of our beloved breed. I have
provided a link to her website for you to see her other artistic
Stained Glass Bedlington
I am blessed to have many friends who are
able to combine their love for our beautiful breed with their immense
This piece was created by my close friend
Care Thornton, of The Colony, Texas. Care produces outstanding examples
of our breed, from statues to garden stepping stones. She can be
reached at her e-mail address of WithCare@sbcglobal.net
for those interested in seeing additional
examples of her wonderful work.
Porcelain Bisque Bedlington
Terrier Figurine Frog Position
I love all of my Bedlington pieces because
they represent my dogs. This one captures my heart strings because
it is such a familiar position for our breed. Done in a bisque porcelain,
the artist is Dolores Wendel, and the figurine was produced in 1971.
Bedlington Terrier Hooked Rug
Another one of my artistic friends is Carrie
Martin, of Covington, Louisiana. Among Carrie's multitude of talents
are her rug hooking skills. Carrie designed this rug, and it was
auctioned off to raise funds for the Bedlington Terrier Club of
America's Education Fund. The lucky winner was Darlene Martens who,
by the way, has made a beautiful Bedlington Terrier quilt to be
raffled off this year to support the Education Fund. Carrie can
be reached at her e-mail address of email@example.com
to answer questions about this beautiful piece.