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.

Large figure of a cow and milk maid with a pink luster base Staffordshire potter...

Large and rare figure of a cow and milk maid with a pink luster base Staffordshire pottery England circa 1820 period. The modelling and quality of the figures are exceptional. Attention is given to detail such as the frothing milk in the pail, th...

Dimensions: 7.50 inch high 12 inch wide

Price: gbp 5850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 9360 (US Dollars)

Antique Pottery Scottish pearlware stirrup cup of a hound early 19th century

Reference: 1454

Antique Pottery Scottish stirrup cup of a hound early 19th century. This early pottery piece is a rare and unusual example because of its large scale and striking modelling and decoration. It is very much a country piece and is an unrecorded fo...

Dimensions: 7 inch high

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

English pottery cow creamer with the figure of a milk maid antique period circ...

Reference: 1419

Antique pottery cow creamer complete with the figure of a milking maid. This creamer figure would date to the beginning of the 19th century Classic early features a fine thin base, good potting and decoration with a good pearlware glaze. The fig...

Dimensions: 5.25 inch high 6.50 inch wide

Price: gbp 1350.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2160 (US Dollars)

Antique Scottish pottery figure of a rooster early 19th century

Reference: 1357

A rare antique pottery figure of a rooster from the Portobello area Scotland. Portobello is a town on the outskirts of Edinburgh, today pieces from this area are prized and recognised for their unique style and folk art appeal. Many of the figur...

Dimensions: 8 inch high

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

Antique English pottery stoneware saltglaze figure of a lion. Derbyshire area c1...

Reference: 1320

Antique English pottery figure of a lion in saltglaze earthenware. This large decorative figure has a flat back and was most likely intended for use on a grand mantlepiece or as a decorative piece on a piece of furniture which stood against a wa...

Dimensions: 8.75 inch high 16.50 inch wide

Price: gbp 1350.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2160 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire figure head of fox stirrup cup Tally Ho.

Reference: 1279

Antique Staffordshire porcelain fox head stirrup cup. The cup is exceptionally well coloured and molded and bears the inscrition at the rim "Tallyho". A stirrup cup is a "parting cup" given to guests, especially when they are leaving on horsebac...

Dimensions: 4.24 inch high

Price: gbp 950.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1520 (US Dollars)

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