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 pair of figures of a ewe and ram creamware bodied Yorkshire pottery c179...

Reference: 2450

Antique pair of figures of a ewe and ram creamware bodied Yorkshire pottery c1790. Relief molded figures with coloured oxide decoration underglaze. A naive and charming couple.

Dimensions: 5.50 inch wide

Price: gbp 2450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4189.5 (US Dollars)

Antique pottery figure of a ewe, probably Yorkshire pottery circa 1800

Reference: 1754

A good example of early creamware bodied English pottery. The recumbent ewe is modeled on a green base and would date to circa 1800. The color oxide decoration is underglaze and the figure is crisply molded will a warming characterful appeal. Th...

Dimensions: 4.25 inch high

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

Antique pottery prattware clock group with figures in the form of a money bank....

Reference: 2171

Antique English prattware clock figure money box from Yorkshire in the early 19th century period. The piece is modelled with a central longcase clock and flanked by figures of a lady with a great hat and a rather weary looking farmer. The figure...

Dimensions: 8.75 inch high

Price: gbp 2250.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3847.5 (US Dollars)

Antique English porcelain pair of figures of Juggling Hedgehogs c1820

Reference: 2041

A very rare pair of English porcelain figures of hedgehog which appear to be juggling berries. These whimsical and attractive figures are previously unrecorded in any of the standard references. The quality of workmanship is of a high standard a...

Dimensions: 3.25 inch high

Price: gbp 2850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4873.5 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of the Rural Pastimes with hoop s...

Reference: 1854

Antique Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of Rural Pastimes with hoop shaped bocage circa 1820 period. This charming figure group is very well colored with enamels. The hoop shape bocage with its profusion of colored flowers is a very attrac...

Dimensions: 10 inch high

Price: gbp 1550.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2650.5 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of Venus and cupid early 19th cen...

Reference: 1863

Antique Staffordshire pottery figure of Venus and Cupid. Excellent quality figure with good attention to detail, the application of the enamel colors is exceptional. The shredded clay application on the base is a true wonder of the potters art.

Dimensions: 4.50 inch high

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



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