John Howard
The Antique English Pottery Specialist
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Early Antique Staffordshire Figures

CIRCA 1810-35

Pottery figure groups from the first quarter of the nineteenth century represent perhaps the richest source of social history in Britain. These naïve and charming pieces tell the stories which were of interest to ordinary working folk in the days before images in newspapers, magazines and television.

These figures modelled in clay and decorated in bright enamel colours were produced mainly in the Staffordshire area of England and other factories in Scotland and Wales.

These figure groups from this period are one of the last true examples of folk art from the British Isles. The figures represent images relating to religion, rural sports, work and pastimes, love, crime, politics, war, theatre, circus, entertainment and every aspect of every day life one could imagine. Sometimes they are elaborately modelled but they always retain a charm, warmth and humour which mirrors aspects of our humanity.

The most famous potters producing these figures which were affordable compared to the rather more refined and rather clinical porcelain examples were, Walton, Sherratt, Salt and Wood. Scores of other potters in the Staffordshire area manufactured figures and we still do not know the origin of the maker on many of the pieces. The fact that most examples were unmarked by the potter adds to the mystery associated with many of these figures today.

Figures were also produced in Scotland and several factories in the Portobello area of Edinburgh produced distinctive and colourful examples.

Several books have been published on the subject. Our recommended reference is the Myrna Schkolne work titled People, Passions, Pastimes and Pleasures (Staffordshire Figures 1810-35). This book is full of excellent pictures, technical information and most importantly it explains the social context and importance of the figures which makes these pieces alive and relevant today.

English Prattware pottery figure of a ram circa 1800 antique period.

Reference: 3884

POttery figure of a ram in Prattware colours and modeled in the Ralph Wood style.

Dimensions: 4.50 inch high 6.50 inch wide

Price: gbp 1450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2175 (US Dollars)

English Staffordshire pottery pearlware bocage figure of a lion early 19th centu...

Reference: 3870

English Staffordshire pottery pearlware bocage figure of a lion early 19th century. The figure is attributed to the Patriot group ( re;Myrna Schkolne ). Note that the lion is wearing a harness. This figure is also used on larger figure groups by...

Dimensions: 5.75 inch high

Price: gbp 1475.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2212.5 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery Walton bocage figures of Lion and Unicorn English early 19...

Reference: 3866

Pair of Staffordshire pearlware pottery figures marked WALTON of the Royal crowned Lion and chained Unicorn both symbols from the British Royal Coat of Arms. Both figures have the famous John Walton scroll mark on the reverse.

Dimensions: 6.25 inch high

Price: gbp 5850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 8775 (US Dollars)

English pottery figure of Saint George slaying the Dragon antique period c1790/1...

Reference: 3875

An exceptionally fine figure group pf St.George slaying the dragon. Strong Pratt colours , the blue mottled decoration on the horse is stunning, a most pleasing and unusual feature,one of the best coloured examples I have seen. The modelling of ...

Dimensions: 11 inch high

Price: gbp 4750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 7125 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire porcelain figures of lions on green bases by Alcock and Co...

Reference: 3872

A rare and appealing pair of porcelain Lions modeled standing on green bases. The figures are previously unrecorded in any of the standard references The figures are impressed under the base with the distictive numeric mark 347 a definitive attri...

Dimensions: 4 inch high 3.75 inch wide

Price: gbp 2250.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3375 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery stoneware saltglaze agate ware figure of a cat on base mid...

Reference: 3855

Antique English pottery agateware stone ware cat naively modeled sitting on a base, a rare and unusual feature. Staffordshire mid 18th century period circa 1760.

Dimensions: 4.50 inch high

Price: gbp 2250.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3375 (US Dollars)

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