John Howard
The Antique English Pottery Specialist
Heritage, 6 Market Place, Woodstock, OX20 1TA | +44 (0)1993 812580 | +44 (0)7831 850544
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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.

Staffordshire pottery figure of a an elephant carrying a castle form incense bur...

Reference: 4096

A rare Staffordshire pottery figure of an elephant companioned with a four turreted castle in the form of an incense burner, a most unusual form. The figure is decorated in bright enamels standing on an oblong base embellished with colourful motif .

Dimensions: 8 inch high 7 inch wide

Price: gbp 5850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 9184.5 (US Dollars)

Prattware English pottery figure of seated Lion figure late 18thc

Reference: 4083

A rare moulded Prattware pottery seated figure of a lion with a hand formed tail coiled around his hind legs. The sponged decoration of underglaze yellow and blue oxides provides a warming charm to the beast which is modelled seated on an oval ba...

Dimensions: 6 inch high

Price: gbp 2350.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3689.5 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery figure group of a "Drinking Couple" English ealy 19th cent...

Reference: 4051

A comical Staffordshire pearlware bocage pottery figure group with a couple squabbling over who get the next drink of alcholic beverage. The dog watches on seated dutifully by the female figures feet. The male figure is holding a rather large stic...

Dimensions: 7 inch high

Price: gbp 1750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2747.5 (US Dollars)

Pair of Staffordshire pottery pearlware figures of shepherd with dog and shepher...

Reference: 4058

Pair of tree trunk and bocage type Staffordshire pottery pearlware figures. A romantic and appealing subject with the shepherdess tenderly holding a lamb , the young shepherd is playing affectionately with his trusty dog. A well coloured and char...

Dimensions: 7.50 inch high 5.75 inch wide

Price: gbp 2450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3846.5 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pearlware pottery figure of Romulus and Remus with bocage c1820 En...

Reference: 4055

Antique Staffordshire pearlware pottery bocage figure of Romulus and Remus from the 1820's period. The figure group is exceptionally well modelled with attention to details, the enamels and glaze are high quality. A highly decorative and interest...

Dimensions: 7.50 inch high 7.75 inch wide

Price: gbp 1850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2904.5 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pearlware pottery large scale figure "Family" group c1820 England

Reference: 4041

A fine quality antique Staffordshire pottery pearlware large scale figure group. The Group modelled with two children ,one riding on a dog whilst watched by her mother or nanny. The enamel colours and glazes on this piece are of the highest stand...

Dimensions: 9 inch high 9 inch wide

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