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 trio figure group with lamb, stag and doe c1820

Reference: 3426

A rare and highly decorative Staffordshire pearlware tree trunk figure group. The figures of the Doe and Stag with bocage are removable and sit on the large base which features the figure of a lamb.Figure groups of this size and complexity (16" l...

Dimensions: 12 inch high 16 inch wide

Price: gbp 3850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 5967.5 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery figure of a bear baiting in pearlware early 19th century E...

Reference: 3403

A rare Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of a bear tethered and baited by a vicious dog . The subject matter is repugnant but is a reflection of society in the 18th and 19th century It was a popular attraction in Elizabethan times. Many of t...

Dimensions: 11.50 inch high

Price: gbp 4850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 7517.5 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire " Dale Pottery" figure group from the early 19th century ...

Reference: 3388

A fine and rare Dale Pottery tree trunk figure group in pearlware. The figure is of exceptional quality with fine modelling and superb enamel colouring. There is comprhensive attention to details especially on the base with its profusion of leav...

Dimensions: 7.50 inch high 9.50 inch wide

Price: gbp 4000.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 6200 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pearlware pottery figure of Lord Rodney

Reference: 3301

A very rare Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure of Lord Rodney. The figure is extremely well modelled and decorated. Rodney is standing on a rocky mound surrounded by flags, a cannon,anchor with a telescope resting by his feet. Rodney is holdi...

Dimensions: 13 inch high

Price: gbp 3350.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 5192.5 (US Dollars)

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

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