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.

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 8970 (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 11700 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure group of shepherds with dog and f...

Reference: 3941

Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure group. The male figure is playing a flute whilst his female companion is holding a lamb. The seated figures are seated surrounded by their flock and dog by steps leading to a twin turreted castle. An amusing...

Dimensions: 5.50 inch high 7 inch wide

Price: gbp 1650.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2574 (US Dollars)

Pair of Prattware English pottery figures of a rooster and hen early 19th centur...

Reference: 3903

A very rare pair of English Prattware figures of a hen and rooster. The duo are vibrantly coloured in classic Pratt palette and are previously unrecorded. The figures date to the early 19th century period 1810/20.

Dimensions: 8 inch high

Price: gbp 5350.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 8346 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pearlware pottery of sheep and peafowl figure group.circa ...

Reference: 3920

Staffordshire pearlware pottery spill vase figure group with sheep, lambs and two peafowl. The rare figure is very vibrantly coloured in enamels and is highly decorative.

Dimensions: 6.25 inch high

Price: gbp 1450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2262 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery figures of lions on bases, pearlware early 19th century

Reference: 3910

Staffordshire pearlware pottery figures of male lions modelled standing on cushion shaped base with outstretched legs resting on a sphere. The figures have fierce almost human heads which only adds to the charm.

Dimensions: 3.25 inch high 3.50 inch wide

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



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