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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.

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 6930 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire agateware pottery saltglaze figure of a cat mid 18th century Engli...

Reference: 3850

A fine antique English saltglaze agateware pottery figure of a seated cat carrying a mouse. The variegated clay decoration is excellently rendered and the saltglaze has patches of cobalt blue decoration at the ears and the body. Thie figure is ...

Dimensions: 5.25 inch high

Price: gbp 3350.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 5159 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of a dog seated on cushion base. antique ...

Reference: 3809

A quality antique Staffordshire pottery figure of a dog seated on a tassled and quilted cushion. The figure sports an orange and yellow collar. A highly appealing subject.

Dimensions: 3.50 inch high

Price: gbp 875.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1347.5 (US Dollars)

English pottery figure of a black cow creamer antique period c1800

Reference: 3798

A rare small sized English pottery cow creamer decorated in black, both unusual features.

Dimensions: 4.75 inch high 6 inch wide

Price: gbp 1450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2233 (US Dollars)

Pair of Staffordshire pearlware pottery dove figure tureens early 19th century ...

Reference: 3792

A fine quality pair of dove tureens in pearlware with wonderful enamel colours. The pair are in exceptionally good condition and ooze charm and appeal.

Dimensions: 5 inch high 7 inch wide

Price: gbp 2850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4389 (US Dollars)

Ralph Wood Burslem Staffordshire England "Sailor" toby jug in coloured glazes c1...

Reference: 3434

An 18th century Staffordshire Pottery Sailor Toby Jug attributed to Ralph Wood of Burslem. The figure is exceptionally and comprehensively decorated in well applied underglaze oxide colours. The modelling and decoration is exceptionally execute...

Dimensions: 11.75 inch high

Price: gbp 4450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 6853 (US Dollars)

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