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 pottery pearlware figure of Doctor Syntax early 19thc

Reference: 2993

A rare fine quality antique pottery figure group of Doctor Syntax playing at cards. The figure is Obadiah Sherratt type from Staffordshire and was made around the 1820 period. This figure is one of the most detailed and largest examples of Dr.Sy...

Dimensions: 8.50 inch high

Price: gbp 5750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 9832.5 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery figure of a male equestrian antique period early 19thc

Reference: 2984

A rare well modelled and decorated pearlware figure of a male equestrian with bocage. This Staffordshire figure dates to circa 1820 period. Comprehensive attention to detail denotes the quality and appeal of this figure.

Dimensions: 6.50 inch high

Price: gbp 3500.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 5985 (US Dollars)

English pottery figure of a cow creamer antique period circa 1800

Reference: 3021

A charmingly naively modelled English pottery cow creamer dating to the turn of the 18th century. The colours are underglaze and the cow is modelled standing on a thin green shaped base. The figure has a strong folk art appeal. The cover to the...

Dimensions: 5.25 inch high

Price: gbp 975.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1667.25 (US Dollars)

Pair of Staffordshire figures of doves in the form of tureens pearlware c1820

Reference: 1024

A pair of pearlware dove tureens , Staffordshire pottery early 19th century.

Dimensions: 7.50 inch wide

Price: gbp 1750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2992.5 (US Dollars)

Antique English pottery hound head stirrup cup .Staffordshire early 19th centur...

Reference: 2978

Antique English pottery pearlware glazed hound head stirrup cup, Staffordshire early 19th century. The modelling of the stirrup cup is very life like with appeal from this charming canine.

Dimensions: 5 inch wide

Price: gbp 1850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3163.5 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery figure of a lion on coloured base c1820

Reference: 2987

Antique Staffordshire pottery figure of a lion on coloured base c1820. The figure is robustly modelled and wonderfully colored in bright and glowing enamels, the base is especially striking.

Dimensions: 6 inch high 6 inch wide

Price: gbp 1850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3163.5 (US Dollars)

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