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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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 cow creamer circa 1800

Reference: 2709

A good antique English pottery cow creamware with a pearlware glaze. The figure is well and whimsically decorated in underglaze oxide colours in the Prattware palette.

Dimensions: 5.75 inch high 6.50 inch wide

Price: gbp 1350.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2308.5 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery figures of Neptune and Venus late 18th century per...

Reference: 2703

Antique Staffordshire pottery figures of Neptune and Venus late 18th century period. The pearlware figures are modelled standing on square bases a feature often found with late 18th century figures. Neptune has a replaced trident which is sterli...

Dimensions: 9.50 inch high

Price: gbp 1550.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2650.5 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of a peacock early 19th century.

Reference: 2642

A good and clean example of a Staffordshire pottery figure of a pearlware peacock in full display. The figure is execeptionnaly well decorated in bright striking enamel colours. The figure dates to the early 19th century period.

Dimensions: 4 inch high

Price: gbp 885.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1513.35 (US Dollars)

Assembled set of the four elements Staffordshire pearlware figures from the Wal...

Reference: 2616

An assembled set of Walton pearlware bocage figures representing the four elemenents. All the figures have the distinctive WALTON scroll mark on the reverse. Highly decorative, a rare opportunity to acquire all the "Elements".

Dimensions: 7.50 inch high

Price: gbp 2850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4873.5 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure titled JESUS PRAYING.Early 19th c...

Reference: 2612

A rare and fine antique Staffordshire pottery figure titled JESUS PRAYING. This figure is exceptionally well modeled with fine enamel colours.

Dimensions: 11 inch high

Price: gbp 3750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 6412.5 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure group PIG TITHE early 19th century.

Reference: 2591

A good example of a Staffordshire pottery pearlware Tithe Pig group. The figure dates to the circa 1820 period. There are minor restorations at the handle of the basket and to the staff held by the farmer figure.

Dimensions: 7.50 inch high

Price: gbp 1150.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1966.5 (US Dollars)

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