John Howard
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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.

Antique Staffordshire Prattware pottery bear cub on base early 19th century

Reference: 4017

Rare unrecorded figure of a bear cub modeled muzzled and tethered with a metal chain on a green base. The figure is a significant size and is strongly decorated in pratt colours. Bear baiting was a popular "entertainment" from Elizabethan times u...

Dimensions: 7 inch high 8.50 inch wide

Price: gbp 9750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 14917.5 (US Dollars)

English Prattware pottery bear figure shaped teapot c1790/1800

Reference: 4023

A very rare and previously unrecorded figure of a bear in the form of a teapot in Pratt colours. The figure is wonderfully naiveley modelled and despite its brutish subject manages to project a comical aspect.

Dimensions: 6 inch high

Price: gbp 3750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 5737.5 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pearlware pottery figure group "Songsters" antique period c1820.

Reference: 3974

A fine Staffordshire pottery figure group known as the Songsters. This elaborate and detailed figure is exceptionally modelled with fine enamel decoration. One of the most decorative and appealing figures produced from the Staffordshire potters...

Dimensions: 11.25 inch high

Price: gbp 3350.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 5125.5 (US Dollars)

Pair of mid 18th century pottery "Whieldon type" figures .

Reference: 3970

A pair of male and female figures decorated in relief with Whieldon type oxide colours and lustrous lead glaze. The female figure is holding spinning tools , the male carrying a pick type shovel over his shoulder.

Dimensions: 6.25 inch high

Price: gbp 2650.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4054.5 (US Dollars)

Large scale Staffordshire pottery figure of a seated cat with a knowing smile c...

Reference: 3963

A rare large pottery figure of a seated cat onan ovale green base. The figure is wonderfully modelled , the coat sponged decorated and wearing abright red collar. A fine striking piece full of grace and charm.

Dimensions: 14 inch high

Price: gbp 5750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 8797.5 (US Dollars)

Pair of Staffordshire pottery figures of Lions by Ralph Wood, late 18th century ...

Reference: 3955

An important and rare fine pair of pottery lions, the left fore-paw resting on a sphere and modelled standing on green oblong bases. The figures were produced at the famous Ralph Wood pottery based in Burslem Staffordshire and date to the late 1...

Dimensions: 7.50 inch high 11 inch wide

Price: gbp 7500.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 11475 (US Dollars)

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