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 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)

Antique Staffordshire pottery figure of a Dancing Bear group with bocage c1820

Reference: 0971

Antique Staffordshire pottery figure of a Dancing Bear group with bocage c1820. This highly decorative figure group comprises the Bear, his trainer and a rather charming lion.

Dimensions: 9 inch high

Price: gbp 3350.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 5360 (US Dollars)

Rare pair of Staffordshire saltglaze pottery figures of pug dogs c1760

Reference: 0852

A rare pair of Staffordshire pottery saltglaze stoneware pug dogs from circa 1760. These naive pottery figures were produced at the beginning of the Staffordshire Potteries development to become the worlds major ceramic producer. The figures wer...

Dimensions: 2 inch high

Price: gbp 1975.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3160 (US Dollars)

Antique English pottery pair of figures ram and ewe. Yorkshire Pottery c1800

Reference: 0818

Antique pottery pair figures of a ram and ewe decorated in Pratt colours. This pair of figures are the work of the Yorkshire Potteries. They are naively modeled and decorated which adds to the folk like charm. This pair are rare and previously ...

Dimensions: 4 inch high

Price: gbp 2600.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4160 (US Dollars)

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