John Howard
The Antique English Pottery Specialist
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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 English pottery figure cow creamer with calf and bocage c1790/1800

Reference: 3241

A very fine English pottery figure group in the form of a cow creamer. This figure is a rare form with a calf lying down on the base and a wonderful bocage feature as a decorative backdrop to the scene. The figure is exceptionally well modeled wi...

Dimensions: 8 inch high

Price: gbp 3850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 6044.5 (US Dollars)

Antique saltglaze stoneware bear jug Nottingham England mid 18th century

Reference: 3247

A Nottingham brown salt glazed bear jug. The removable head acts as a cup. The figure is naively modelled with a fine granulated pottery coat, interestingly this piece was made to accommodate a detachable spout. A true piece of folk art from th...

Dimensions: 10.50 inch high

Price: gbp 2750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4317.5 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pearlware potteryBull-Baiting figure group early 19th cent...

Reference: 3138

A fine example of a Staffordshire pottery pearlware bull baiting group from the early 19th century period. This figure is well modelled and decorated in good enamels. Bull baiting was a barbaric rural sport but surpringly the related figures pro...

Dimensions: 11.50 inch high

Antique Yorkshire or Staffordshire pottery figure of pug dogs head in the form o...

Reference: 3162

A very rare English pottery snuff box in the form a pug dogs head. The pottery figure is decorated in underglaze Pratt type colours, the hinged original cover is pewter. Interestingly the name "Rose" is decorated on the inside of the snuff box an...

Dimensions: 2 inch high 2 inch wide

Price: gbp 1750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2747.5 (US Dollars)

Antique English or Welsh pottery figure of an an angel holding a flaming torch c...

Reference: 3144

A fine early 19th century pottery figure of a standing angel bearing a lit torch in the form of a candleholder. The figure is extremely well modelled with fine enamel decoration and may represent the Archangel Uriel who signifies the light and f...

Dimensions: 9 inch high

Price: gbp 885.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1389.45 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery massive scale pearlware figure of a ewe circa 1820 period.

Reference: 3067

A very rare Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of a ewe standing on a grassy base. The sheep's coat is rendered in a well executed shredded clay technique which is highly effective. The green grassy base is 15 inches long and is decorated wi...

Dimensions: 12 inch high 15 inch wide

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