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 pearlware potteryBull-Baiting figure group early 19th cent...

Reference: 3138

A fine example of a Staffordshire pottery pearlware bull baiting group from the early 19th century period. This figure is well modelled and decorated in good enamels. Bull baiting was a barbaric rural sport but surpringly the related figures pro...

Dimensions: 11.50 inch high

Staffordshire pottery massive scale pearlware figure of a ewe circa 1820 period.

Reference: 3067

A very rare Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of a ewe standing on a grassy base. The sheep's coat is rendered in a well executed shredded clay technique which is highly effective. The green grassy base is 15 inches long and is decorated wi...

Dimensions: 12 inch high 15 inch wide

Antique Staffordshire pottery bocage pearlware group of the famous "Red Barn" S...

Reference: 2998

A rare Staffordshire pottery figure group in pearlware of the famous Red Barn which commemorates the murder of Maria Marten by William Corder at Polstead Essex England in 1827. The group depicts the idllyic rural setting of the Red Barn with the ...

Dimensions: 7.25 inch high 10.50 inch wide

Price: gbp 6500.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 10010 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery pearlware bust of Washington by Enoch Wood dated 1818.

Reference: 2953

A good and rare antique Staffordshire bust of George Washington. The figure has an applied lozenge on the back with the dates of his birth 1732 and his death in 1799 a date of 1818 is also impressed with the maker mark Enoch Wood and an eagle wi...

Dimensions: 8.50 inch high

Antique Yorkshire pottery prattware cows with male and female attendants c1810

Reference: 3057

Prattware pottery figures of cows standing on bases with a male and female farming pair. The cows also have as company a dog and a calf. The female figure is wearing a rather jaunty hat and her male partner is sporting a top hat. The figures are...

Dimensions: 6 inch high 6 inch wide

Price: gbp 4000.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 6160 (US Dollars)

Antique English pottery figure of a cow creamer turn of 18th century

Reference: 3019

A naive antique pottery cow creamer with original cover . The figure is modelled standing on an oblong base. Probably NOrth East Pottery England and dates to the turn of the 18th century. The figure is in exceptionally fine condition.

Dimensions: 5.75 inch wide

Price: gbp 1100.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1694 (US Dollars)

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