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 Yorkshire pottery Toby Jug early 19th century English.

Reference: 1810

A fine Yorkshire pottery Toby jug from the early part of the 19th century.

Dimensions: 9.50 inch high

Price: gbp 1450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2320 (US Dollars)

Antique English porcelain salmon head stirrup cup Derby titled "The Anglers Del...

Antique English porcelain salmon head stirrup cup Derby circa 1810 "The Anglers Delight" applied in gilt capital script around the rim. The realism of this stirrup cup is a testament to the decorative skills of the Derby Porcelain workshops.

Dimensions: 4.50 inch wide

Price: gbp 2850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4560 (US Dollars)

Antique English Staffordshire pottery figure of The Vicar and Moses from the Ral...

Reference: 1696

Antique English Staffordshire pottery figure of The Vicar and Moses from the Ralph Wood Pottery late 18th century. Ralph Wood was one of ,if not the best figure modeler in the late 18th century in the Staffordshire "Potteries" and England. This ra...

Dimensions: 8 inch high

Price: gbp 1850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2960 (US Dollars)

Antique English Staffordshire pottery pearlware bocage figure "Friendship" early...

Reference: 1685

Antique English,Staffordshire pottery pearlware bocage figure "Friendship" early 19th century period. One of the most charming and evocative figures from the era, a very good piece with its faux marbleized decorated base. The figures of the boys ...

Price: gbp 1750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2800 (US Dollars)

Pair of antique Staffordshire pearlware figures of musicians with bocage England...

Reference: 1762

Pair of antique Staffordshire pearlware figures of musicians with bocage England early 19th century period. The pair of figures are exceptionally well modelled with fine detail and good enamel colours.

Dimensions: 7 inch high

Antique Scottish pottery fox head stirrup cup early 19th century period.

Reference: 1628

A striking, well modelled and large scale pottery fox head stirrup cup. The specific color palette, glaze and body of the stirrup cup indicate it's Scottish Pottery roots.

Dimensions: 5 inch high 7 inch wide

Price: gbp 1800.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2880 (US Dollars)

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