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 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)

Antique English Pottery creamware Watch stand with Male and Female figures,ear...

Reference: 1775

A fine quality antique creamware pottery watch stand or hutch. The stand is modelled in the form of a long cased clock flanked by male and female figures.Probably from the North East England area. The piece is very finely decorated and is quite p...

Price: gbp 1850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3163.5 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pearlware pottery watch holder with bocage , antique period early ...

Reference: 1800

A charming antique Staffordshire pottery watch holder with good bocage decoration. The watch holder is flanked by figures of two children standing against a classical plinth. Excellent enamel colour application with fine and detailed attention to...

Dimensions: 9 inch high

Price: gbp 2200.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3762 (US Dollars)

Antique Yorkshire pottery Toby Jug early 19th century English.

Reference: 1810

A fine Yorkshire pottery Toby jug from the early part of the 19th century.

Dimensions: 9.50 inch high

Price: gbp 1450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 2479.5 (US Dollars)

Pair of antique Staffordshire pearlware figures of musicians with bocage England...

Reference: 1762

Pair of antique Staffordshire pearlware figures of musicians with bocage England early 19th century period. The pair of figures are exceptionally well modelled with fine detail and good enamel colours.

Dimensions: 7 inch high

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)

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