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.

Staffordshire pottery pearlware "Seasons" figure with bocage. Antique period c18...

Reference: 3682

A rare Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure emblematic of Spring, the female figure holding a flower whilst the boy is standing with a top hat containing a birds nest with three chicks. The decorative base and the bocage backdrop with its profu...

Dimensions: 8.50 inch high 7 inch wide

Price: gbp 2750.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 4290 (US Dollars)

English pottery pearlware figure of Jim Crow Staffordshire circa 1835 period.

Reference: 3671

A rare Staffordshire pottery figure of Jim Crow. Thomas Dartmouth Rice an actor parodied a crippled black slave named Jim Crow. Rice "blacked -up" for his unkind routine and was perhaps the man who inspired the Minstrels. Jim Crow performed hi...

Dimensions: 7 inch high

Price: gbp 1100.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1716 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of a lion antique period early 19th centu...

Reference: 3661

A good Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of a standing lion with paw on globe. This figure has very strong decorative appeal and the modelling of the head is exceptional.. This lion on a base is modelled from the Medici Lions which ar...

Dimensions: 9.25 inch high 13 inch wide

Price: gbp 2250.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3510 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pearlware figure Duke of Wellington circa 1815 period

Reference: 3657

A fine antique Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure group of The Duke of Wellington. Several variations were made of the "Iron Duke" and for years the identity of this imposing figure remained a mystery. The appeal of this figure is enhanced...

Dimensions: 11.50 inch high

Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of horse early 19th century England.

Reference: 3644

Standing figure of a horse on oblong base with shredded clay decoration made by Wood and Caldwell pottery Staffordshire. The figure of the horse is well modeled with a fine pearlware glaze.The base is interestingly decorated with extruded clay, l...

Dimensions: 9 inch high 13 inch wide

Price: gbp 2250.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3510 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure bear baiting group early 19th cen...

Reference: 3604

A rare Staffordshire pottery pearlware glaze bear baiting group. The figure is vibrantly modelled with the standing mussled bear tussling with the snarling dog and the excited keeper loosing balance lying prostrate on the floor. The vicious natu...

Dimensions: 8.50 inch high 13 inch wide 5 inch deep

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