Origin: Asian Period: Late Nineteenth Century Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1890-1900 Graduating Lengths: 8 inches, 6.75 inches, 5.5 inches
Presenting a fine trio of graduating terrapins, mother, father and son, shown in the midst of an advance toward a generously filled ceramic basin full of lettuce leaves, survive from the late Victorian period.
Reasons for families of three:
1) An awful lot of fairy tales and songs focus on groups of three, for example; Three Blind Mice, Three Little Pigs and Three Billy Goats Gruff.
2) A family of three slips pretty unnoticed through the world. If you have two or more, you have a brood, with its attendant noise and unpredictability. Three means they are not afraid to go to restaurants, or the library, or movies.
3) Listening to the song “Three is a Magic Number” invariably makes the custodian of this trio cry when they get to the part “A man and a woman had a little baby…yes, they did…there were three in the family…and that’s a magic number.”.
4) They look super on mantelpiece, shelf or a chest.
Important, that last point. This is one happy family.