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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 pair of figures of a ewe and ram creamware bodied Yorkshire pottery c179...

Reference: 2450

Antique pair of figures of a ewe and ram creamware bodied Yorkshire pottery c1790. Relief molded figures with coloured oxide decoration underglaze. A naive and charming couple.

Dimensions: 5.50 inch wide

Price: gbp 2450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3920 (US Dollars)

Antique pottery figure of a ewe, probably Yorkshire pottery circa 1800

Reference: 1754

A good example of early creamware bodied English pottery. The recumbent ewe is modeled on a green base and would date to circa 1800. The color oxide decoration is underglaze and the figure is crisply molded will a warming characterful appeal. Th...

Dimensions: 4.25 inch high

Price: gbp 875.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1400 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery figure of a standing Lion. c1820

Reference: 2223

A rare and previously unrecorded pearlware Staffordshire pottery figure of a lion standing on a base with a paw on sphere. The naive bold modeling and decoration of this figure is especially unusual and striking.

Dimensions: 8 inch high

Price: gbp 3750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 6000 (US Dollars)

Antique English pottery figure of a bear baited by a fighting dog, Staffordshire...

Reference: 2232

A rare antique period Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of a chained bear baited by a a dog probably a mastiff. The figures are modelled on an oblong base. There is strong attention to detail on this piece which captures a point in our socia...

Dimensions: 11 inch high

Price: gbp 4750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 7600 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire figure of a ewe Ralph Wood Burslem c1785

Reference: 0863

A fine Ralph Wood pottery figure of a ewe. Ralph Wood operated his pottery in Burslem Staffordshire and is part of a lineage of pottery producers in the 18th and 19th century. The figure of the ewe is exceptionally well modelled with a good glaz...

Price: gbp 2250.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3600 (US Dollars)

Antique pottery Staffordshire pottery figure of a ram Ralph Wood c1785

Reference: 0861

A fine antique Staffordshire pottery figure of a ram. Classic item from the famous Ralph Wood pottery located in Burslem. Very fine modelling and glazes.

Price: gbp 2450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3920 (US Dollars)

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