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”.


  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 Mocha decorated pearlware obelisks .English pottery circa 1785

Reference: 3794

A fine elegant and stylish pair of English pottery obelisks decorated in "mocha" colours. The oval relief moulded medallions on the bases feature figures from antiquity. The pair have strong decorative appeal and are the perfect classy touch in ...

Dimensions: 11.75 inch high

Price: gbp 4500.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 7020 (US Dollars)

Pair of Scottish pottery cats late 19th century

Reference: 3721

A fine and rare pair of white seated cats with gilt decoration produced by the Alloa Pottery Scotland in the ate 19th century. The figures are exceptionally striking with a strong naive appeal.

Price: gbp 1800.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2808 (US Dollars)

Set of three antique Staffordshire pottery canary yellow pitchers with bright en...

Reference: 3689

A fine set of three Staffordshire pottery graduated size pitchers with a canary yellow ground and decorated with bright flowers and leaves in enamel colours. Rare to locate an original set of three from the early 19th century especially in extra ...

Dimensions: 7 inch high

Price: gbp 2250.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3510 (US Dollars)

Antique English pottery creamware pitcher with emblems for 15 American states an...

Reference: 2744

Antique English pottery creamware pitcher with emblems for 15 American states, the reverse a print with overpainted enamel colours of a sailing ship with the American flag c1800 The pitcher is probably Liverpool Pottery.

Dimensions: 7.25 inch high

Price: gbp 1850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2886 (US Dollars)

Pair of pearlware glaze bough or crocus pots English pottery early 19th century ...

Reference: 3491

Pair of antique English pearlware pottery bough pots sometimes referred to as Crocus Pots. The bases have a relief molded border and are decorated with three elegant underglaze prints of birds and a country landscape with a mountain in the dista...

Dimensions: 6.25 inch high 8 inch wide

Price: gbp 2450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3822 (US Dollars)

Wellington Commemorative jug Staffordshire pottery circa 1812

Reference: 3627

A fine antique Staffordshire Pottery jug with a relief portrait imageof Wellington. Interestingly the portrait is titled EARL WELLINGTON a rare and unusual feature on this commemorative piece. The piece can be dated very precisely to the first n...

Dimensions: 6 inch high

Price: gbp 785.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1224.6 (US Dollars)

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