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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19th Century English Pottery - Lustreware, Pearlware, Creamware

Circa 1800-35

The early part of the 19th century is a very rich time for English, Welsh, and Scottish Pottery. Hundreds of potters were busy producing decorative and functional wares for the exploding population.

Many of these wares were mass-produced and marketed to the ordinary working family. High quality tableware and decorative items were made for the more aspiring and affluent middle and upper classes. Large country homes and elegant town houses occupied by the new industrialists, financiers and rural elite who wishes to impress bought fine examples of pottery from the classic potters of the time such as Spode, Davenport, Masons, Mayer, Wedgwood, Herculaneum, Don and countless other factories.

Underglaze blue and white transferware was very popular and much produced by numerous factories often illustrating idyllic rural scenes and romantic ruins in foreign lands.

New techniques such as items decorated in lustre were introduced and one of our specialisation’s is pink and silver lustre objects from the circa 1820/35 period. These pieces can form a stunning assemblage and are often used by interior designers to create a statement in a room.

The pink splash lustre decorated pitchers are made in the North East of England in the Newcastle and Sunderland area. The silver lustre ware was produced mainly in Staffordshire and Yorkshire. Some fine examples also came from the famous Dillwyn and Glamorgan Potteries in South Wales.

C1840- 1890

The 19th century saw a massive expansion of the population in Britain a country at the height of its power due to the impact of the industrial revolution and successful military and naval campaigns.

The demand for decorative and functional ceramics was supplied in the main by hundreds of factories in the Staffordshire area and at other major locations such as Portobello and Glasgow in Scotland, Yorkshire, South Wales at Swansea and Llanelli, North East England in Newcastle on Tyne and Sunderland and other provincial factories dotted around the UK.

Our main specialisation from this period is Staffordshire and Scottish animal figure groups. The iconic Staffordshire pottery spaniel has been produced in there thousands and we stock the very rarest and best examples ever produced especially the rarer canine figures of other breeds. We also specialise in the best examples of animal figures such as rabbits, leopards, lions and exotic birds.

Victorian Staffordshire figures are perhaps the most copied and reproduced today. The most frequent question we are encountered with is “ how can you tell a modern copy from an original Victorian example”.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR MODERN COPIES AND FAKES

  1. Colours used. Antique Staffordshire pottery has a fairly standard range of colours and it one should familiarise colours from authentic pieces. Beware of “wishy-washy”colours and, paradoxically; beware of extra bright colours also.
  2. Look at the material the item is made from, numerous figures are reproduced in a porcelain body when in fact the original was made in pottery. Many of the copies on the market today are made in China and are made with a crude porcelain body.
  3. If there is extensive crazing and staining it often denotes a modern piece. Antique examples do not usually have extensive crackleure.
  4. Some blue blotches (cobalt) in a thick lustrous glaze (lead) are usually a good sign.
  5. A chalky feel to the base, particularly to the rim is a bad sign and often denotes items produced in the 1960/70’s
  6. If the item is exceptionally heavy or light in weight it could signal the item is a copy. This is a judgement, which can be made after handling authentic antique pieces.
  7. Reproductions made from a mould from an original piece will be about 10% smaller than the original. (This is due to shrinkage in the firing process).
  8. Most figures dating from 1840 to 1880 are made by pressing two moulds together and this can be confirmed by the presence of a seam down the side of the item. Later items were made from a slip cast process (a modern technique) and there will be no seam join as these modern examples are made in one single form.
  9. A marked piece stating ”Made in England”, Genuine Staffordshire”,”Ye Olde Staffordshire” relate to items made in the 20th century.
  10. The gilt decoration applied to antique Victorian piece pre 1870 has a soft and realistic gold look. Later copies from the late 19th century to the present day have a harsh almost chromium look to the gilding.

Pair of Staffordshire pottery framed pearlware plaques with paintings of birds o...

Reference: 3333

An extremely rare and unique pair of Staffordshire pottery pearlware plaques in original period burrwood frames. The plaques are hand painted with birds of prey perched on trees within rocky outcrops. The condition of these plaques is exceptiona...

Dimensions: 12.50 inch high 10.75 inch wide

Price: gbp 5750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 9027.5 (US Dollars)

Antique English creamware pottery pitcher American Independence c1800

Reference: 3286

Polychrome probably Liverpool Creamware Pitcher . One side of the pitcher has a Revolutionary War Officer probably General Washington with Cannon's and an American Flag with 15-Stars and Sailing Ships unloading cargo in the background.The surroun...

Dimensions: 9 inch high

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

Christening plate for Wm Rutter Burdis dated 1834 made by Dawson Pottery Sunderl...

Reference: 3330

An exceptionally fine plate commemorating the birth of William Rutter Burdis. The script read " Wm Rutter Burdis.Born May28th at 9am 1834". The plate is impressed DAWSON, the mark of this famous Sunderland Pottery. The condition of this highly ...

Price: gbp 775.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1216.75 (US Dollars)

Antique English pottery silver lustre pitcher " Robin" early 19th century

Reference: 3281

A fine silver resist decorated jug with image of a bird in enamel colours (traditionally known as the Robin pattern even though it looks more like a chaffinch).

Dimensions: 5 inch high

Price: gbp 785.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1232.45 (US Dollars)

Antique English porcelain pitcher with hand decorated coaching scene, early 19th...

Reference: 3156

A fine quality antique pitcher with hand decorated coaching scenes. This documentary jug is inscribed JOHN.CARTER THOS.SIRGARD, KENDELL.UNION COACH. 1823. Note(Wikapedia); The Keighley and Kendal Turnpike was a road built in 1753 by a turnpike...

Dimensions: 6.25 inch high

Price: gbp 975.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1530.75 (US Dollars)

Antique creamware cheese coaster, Staffordshire pottery early 19th century

Reference: 3171

A large and impressive Staffordshire creamware pottery cheese coaster modelled in the classic Regency style. The scale of this rare piece is most unusual.

Dimensions: 7 inch high 18 inch wide 6.50 inch deep

Price: gbp 1450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2276.5 (US Dollars)

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