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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.

English Staffordshire pottery pearlware bocage figure of a lion early 19th centu...

Reference: 3870

English Staffordshire pottery pearlware bocage figure of a lion early 19th century. The figure is attributed to the Patriot group ( re;Myrna Schkolne ). Note that the lion is wearing a harness. This figure is also used on larger figure groups by...

Dimensions: 5.75 inch high

Price: gbp 1475.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2256.75 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery Walton bocage figures of Lion and Unicorn English early 19...

Reference: 3866

Pair of Staffordshire pearlware pottery figures marked WALTON of the Royal crowned Lion and chained Unicorn both symbols from the British Royal Coat of Arms. Both figures have the famous John Walton scroll mark on the reverse.

Dimensions: 6.25 inch high

Price: gbp 5850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 8950.5 (US Dollars)

English pottery figure of Saint George slaying the Dragon antique period c1790/1...

Reference: 3875

An exceptionally fine figure group pf St.George slaying the dragon. Strong Pratt colours , the blue mottled decoration on the horse is stunning, a most pleasing and unusual feature,one of the best coloured examples I have seen. The modelling of ...

Dimensions: 11 inch high

Price: gbp 4750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 7267.5 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery stoneware saltglaze agate ware figure of a cat on base mid...

Reference: 3855

Antique English pottery agateware stone ware cat naively modeled sitting on a base, a rare and unusual feature. Staffordshire mid 18th century period circa 1760.

Dimensions: 4.50 inch high

Price: gbp 2250.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3442.5 (US Dollars)

Horse and foal porcelain figure group on stepped base attributed to Swansea Wale...

Reference: 3834

A fine and a very rare porcelain figure group of a standing foal and horse modeled standing on a pink stepped shape base with best quality gilding. The figure is made in a flat form which adds a strong three dimensional aspect. A label on the ...

Dimensions: 3.75 inch high 6 inch wide

Price: gbp 2750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4207.5 (US Dollars)

Yorkshire pottery Prattware figures of Cows with attendents, antique period earl...

Reference: 3846

A fine pair of figures with standing cows and male and female attendants with calf and dog featured on the bases. The body of the figures is a light buff coloured clay which is decorated with Pratt underglaze colours. The figures are full of app...

Dimensions: 6 inch high 6 inch wide

Price: gbp 4500.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 6885 (US Dollars)

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