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 English pottery figure of a cow in the form of a creamer.

Reference: 1618

Antique English pottery figure of a cow in the form of a creamer. The cow creamer is naively modelled and decorated profusely with spots. The cow is modelled standing on well potted thin base which is coloured with a translucent green glaze. Th...

Dimensions: 4.25 inch high 7 inch wide

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

Antique English Staffordshire pottery trio of Doctor Syntax figures circa 1820

Reference: 1542

A rare trio of Staffordshire pottery figures representing the exploits of Doctor Syntax, Syntax arriving at Calais, playing the violin and tied to a tree after been robbed by highway man. The figures are amusingly modelled and have a a very deco...

Dimensions: 6 inch high

Price: gbp 5500.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 9405 (US Dollars)

Antique Prattware bust of the Methodist preacher John Wesley. Yorkshire Pottery.

Reference: 1534

A rare Prattware decorated bust of the Methodist preacher the Reverend John Wesley. Wesley is modelled with a benign smile which is a warming feature compared to some of the rather severe figures made of him. Note the dotted eye-brows, a decorat...

Dimensions: 10 inch high

Price: gbp 985.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1684.35 (US Dollars)

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 10003.5 (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 2308.5 (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 5728.5 (US Dollars)



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