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 Staffordshire pottery figure of a swan pearlware glaze c1820

Reference: 2546

A fine antique Staffordshire pottery figure of a swan in the form of a whistle. The figure is decorated with good enamel colours, a rare and interesting object with a pearlware glaze.

Dimensions: 3.50 inch high

Price: gbp 950.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1624.5 (US Dollars)

Antique English pottery figure prattware pearlware glaze late 18th century Staff...

Reference: 2542

A very rare prattware pottery figure of a youth standing with his dog whilst looking in disbelief at his pannier as two rabbits pop up out of the leaves at the rim. The decorated base is enhanced with the embellishment of five flower heads. The ...

Dimensions: 10 inch high

Price: gbp 3350.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 5728.5 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of the Dandies c1820 period

Reference: 2495

Antique Staffordshire pottery figure group of the Dandies. The figure has pearlware glaze and is well modelled and decorated in enamel colours.

Dimensions: 8.50 inch high

Price: gbp 1785.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3052.35 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery figures of Douglas and Billy Waters

Reference: 2500

A rare Staffordshire pottery pair of pearlware figures "Douglas and Billy Waters". Billy Waters is by far the most famous of the duo but the figure of "Douglas" is a much rarer figure. Douglas was the title of a play which ran at the Adelphi Th...

Dimensions: 6.75 inch high

Price: gbp 4850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 8293.5 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery pearlware Bull Baiting figure by Sherratt.

Reference: 2497

Antique Staffordshire pottery pearlware bull baiting figure group with a rainbow base. This small version is a rarity. A similar figure group can be seen in the Brighton and Hove Museum.

Dimensions: 6.75 inch high 8 inch wide

Price: gbp 5750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 9832.5 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery plaque Gretna Green wedding with blacksmith and ma...

Reference: 2314

A rare antique period Staffordshire potter pearlware plaque. The scene is a wedding at the blacksmith's at Gretna Green located on the Scottish English border. The plaque is relief molded and strongly decorated with enamel colours.

Dimensions: 7 inch high 9 inch wide

Price: gbp 875.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1496.25 (US Dollars)

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