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18th Century English Pottery - Creamware, Delft, Slipware

Delftware, Creamware, Pearlware

The 18th century is a pivotal point in the production of pottery in Great Britain with the introduction of Dutch tin glazed earthenware. The technique was copied at various centres such as Liverpool, London, Bristol, Wincanton, Glasgow and Belfast. These factories produced tablewares,apocothery related pieces and decorative items. These highly decorated wares replaced pewter and set the future course of ceramic manufacture in Britain.

The mid 18th century period saw the emergence of the Staffordshire potteries.Thomas Whieldon,Josiah Wedgwood and William Greatbach were at the forefront of the development of ceramics and introduced Saltglaze,lead coloured glazes,creamware and pearlware to the world. At the end of the 18th century hundreds of potteries were producing decorative and functional wares for the British and world market especially the United States of America.

Wedgwood was the master potter of his time and the introduction of his creamware Pottery virtually replaced Delftware and became the pottery of choice for the upper and middle classes in the last quarter of the 18th century.

The success of creamware pottery inspired the Leeds Pottery in Yorkshire to develop the process and they developed wonderful examples of reticulated decorated pieces which made their wares very commercial and rivalled Wedgwood in popularity. Creamware is one of our major specialisation’s especially the plain undecorated wares with it classic design and elegance.

The last development in the 18th century was the introduction of pearlware and the invention of this process is usually attributed to Josiah Wedgwood. Pearlware is a whiter version of the creamware body. A greater quantity of white clay was used in the body and the transparent lead glaze included traces of cobalt, giving the surface a pearly white appearance. Other potters, such as Spode, Liverpool, Leeds, Swansea and many of the Staffordshire potteries soon adopted the process.

Early pair of English lead glazed creamware tea canisters circa 1770 period

Reference: 3900

A fine and rare pair of relief decorated lead glazed creamware tea canisters. The pair have a classical feel derived from the silver shape form. Probably Staffordshire England in the Whieldon, Greatbach style.

Dimensions: 4.25 inch high

Price: gbp 2750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4097.5 (US Dollars)

Early Staffordshire pottery Agateware tankard attributed Samuel Bell Pottery New...

Reference: 3435

An exceptionally fine English pottery tankard surface decorated with mixed coloured clay's applied on a creamy ground, a technique known as Agateware (emulating agate stone). The tankard is and early piece of English pottery from the circa 1745 ...

Dimensions: 6.50 inch high

Price: gbp 4850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 7226.5 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire agateware pottery saltglaze figure of a cat mid 18th century Engli...

Reference: 3850

A fine antique English saltglaze agateware pottery figure of a seated cat carrying a mouse. The variegated clay decoration is excellently rendered and the saltglaze has patches of cobalt blue decoration at the ears and the body. Thie figure is ...

Dimensions: 5.25 inch high

Price: gbp 3350.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4991.5 (US Dollars)

Massive English pottery slipware loaf dish, antique period late 18th century

Reference: 3771

One of the largest circular slipware loaf dishes made at the latter end of the 18th century in England, almost 17 inches diameter. The dish is very decorative with its wonderful dark chocolate ground and well applied cream coloured slip. The dis...

Price: gbp 6875.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 10243.75 (US Dollars)

Pair of Mocha decorated pearlware obelisks .English pottery circa 1800

Reference: 3794

A fine elegant and stylish pair of English pottery obelisks decorated in "mocha" colours. The oval relief moulded medallions on the bases feature figures from antiquity. The pair have strong decorative appeal and are the perfect classy touch in ...

Dimensions: 11.75 inch high

Price: gbp 4500.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 6705 (US Dollars)

Ralph Wood Burslem Staffordshire England "Sailor" toby jug in coloured glazes c1...

Reference: 3434

An 18th century Staffordshire Pottery Sailor Toby Jug attributed to Ralph Wood of Burslem. The figure is exceptionally and comprehensively decorated in well applied underglaze oxide colours. The modelling and decoration is exceptionally execute...

Dimensions: 11.75 inch high

Price: gbp 4450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 6630.5 (US Dollars)

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