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.

Ralph Wood of Burslem Staffordshire pair of stag and hind figures late 18th cent...

Reference: 3912

A rare pair of stag and doe tree trunk figures in underglaze colours from the Ralph Wood pottery. The glaze and modelling is exemplary and are quality pieces with appeal. The addition of a fox and squirrel perched in the branches add charm.

Dimensions: 5 inch high

Price: gbp 4400.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 6820 (US Dollars)

English Prattware pottery figure of a ram circa 1800 antique period.

Reference: 3884

POttery figure of a ram in Prattware colours and modeled in the Ralph Wood style.

Dimensions: 4.50 inch high 6.50 inch wide

Price: gbp 1450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2247.5 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery Walton bocage figures of Lion and Unicorn English early 19...

Reference: 3866

Pair of Staffordshire pearlware pottery figures marked WALTON of the Royal crowned Lion and chained Unicorn both symbols from the British Royal Coat of Arms. Both figures have the famous John Walton scroll mark on the reverse.

Dimensions: 6.25 inch high

Price: gbp 5850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 9067.5 (US Dollars)

English pottery figure of Saint George slaying the Dragon antique period c1790/1...

Reference: 3875

An exceptionally fine figure group pf St.George slaying the dragon. Strong Pratt colours , the blue mottled decoration on the horse is stunning, a most pleasing and unusual feature,one of the best coloured examples I have seen. The modelling of ...

Dimensions: 11 inch high

Price: gbp 4750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 7362.5 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery stoneware saltglaze agate ware figure of a cat on base mid...

Reference: 3855

Antique English pottery agateware stone ware cat naively modeled sitting on a base, a rare and unusual feature. Staffordshire mid 18th century period circa 1760.

Dimensions: 4.50 inch high

Price: gbp 2250.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3487.5 (US Dollars)

Horse and foal porcelain figure group on stepped base attributed to Swansea Wale...

Reference: 3834

A fine and a very rare porcelain figure group of a standing foal and horse modeled standing on a pink stepped shape base with best quality gilding. The figure is made in a flat form which adds a strong three dimensional aspect. A label on the ...

Dimensions: 3.75 inch high 6 inch wide

Price: gbp 2750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4262.5 (US Dollars)

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