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 stirrup cup in the form a hound head C1800

Reference: 3519

A fine Hound Head stirrup cup modelled with a felsparic pottery body. The stirrup cup is very well potted with good attention to detail. A rare and interesting example.

Dimensions: 4 inch wide

Price: gbp 850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1292 (US Dollars)

Antique pottery figure of a setter dog standing on a base. Scottish or English p...

Reference: 3498

A rare and naively modelled pottery figure of a setter dog standing on an oval base. The figure is artistically modelled with good movement and scale 9 inches long. The natural pigment oxide colouring is underglaze.

Dimensions: 5.25 inch high 9 inch wide

Price: gbp 1750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2660 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pearlware pottery snuff box with the figure of a dog in repose ear...

Reference: 1732

A rare antique Staffordshire pottery pearlware glaze snuff box with original screw fitting cover. Pottery snuff boxes portable, small and fragile are not surpisingly rare to find today after their two centuries journey. This survivor is a pleasin...

Dimensions: 2 inch high 1.75 inch wide

Price: gbp 675.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1026 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery pearlware trio figure group with lamb, stag and doe c1820

Reference: 3426

A rare and highly decorative Staffordshire pearlware tree trunk figure group. The figures of the Doe and Stag with bocage are removable and sit on the large base which features the figure of a lamb.Figure groups of this size and complexity (16" l...

Dimensions: 12 inch high 16 inch wide

Price: gbp 3850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 5852 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery figure of a bear baiting in pearlware early 19th century E...

Reference: 3403

A rare Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of a bear tethered and baited by a vicious dog . The subject matter is repugnant but is a reflection of society in the 18th and 19th century It was a popular attraction in Elizabethan times. Many of t...

Dimensions: 11.50 inch high

Price: gbp 4850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 7372 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure group of a harvesting couple with bocage ...

Reference: 3391

Antique pearlware Staffordshire pottery figure group of a couple holding harvesting implements whilst seated on a rocky grassy base. The figure has fine subtle quality enamels with good attention to detail. Several versions of this model were pr...

Dimensions: 9.50 inch high

Price: gbp 1750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2660 (US Dollars)

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