Lady Godiva (c1040-1080) was the wife of Leofric, Earl of the Kingdom of Mercia, and they were endowed with a monastery in Coventry. Chronicler Roger of Wendover recorded that Leofric was so exasperated by her requests to reduce the local tax burden that he promised to do so if she rode through Coventry marketplace naked. Historic or not, the story makes for a striking study of the female form, partially covered by long hair cascading over the shoulders.
. Lady Godivas legend has now become an inspiring collectable display figurine from Royal Doulton, made available in a limited edition of just 50. Master sculptor Alan Maslankowski has created a magnificent figure on a dapple-gray horse, all expertly modeled and rich in detail. Maslankowski has said, “I wanted to bring feminine elements into the Prestige range.” Lady Godiva is depicted sitting on a flowing red saddlecloth, embroidered in detail with golden fleur de lys, as the gloriously dappled horse walks along a medieval cobbled road. The beautiful lady gently controls the horse on their journey using a leather bridle and reins. Look closely at the piece and you will find superb 22-carat gold gilt detailing on the saddle’s pattern and horse’s bridle.
Royal Doulton’s limited edition Prestige figures exemplify the highest quality, craftsmanship, and artistry in figure making. More than just collectables, Prestige figures are genuine works of art that can take months to create and decorate in detail. Each piece is handmade to order by the Royal Doulton artisans in England. Each limited edition is individually numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity, and the moulds are broken once an edition is fully produced.