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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 pottery figure of a ewe, probably Yorkshire pottery circa 1800

Reference: 1754

A good example of early creamware bodied English pottery. The recumbent ewe is modeled on a green base and would date to circa 1800. The color oxide decoration is underglaze and the figure is crisply molded will a warming characterful appeal. Th...

Dimensions: 4.25 inch high

Price: gbp 875.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1373.75 (US Dollars)

Antique pottery prattware clock group with figures in the form of a money bank....

Reference: 2171

Antique English prattware clock figure money box from Yorkshire in the early 19th century period. The piece is modelled with a central longcase clock and flanked by figures of a lady with a great hat and a rather weary looking farmer. The figure...

Dimensions: 8.75 inch high

Price: gbp 2250.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3532.5 (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 2904.5 (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 3454 (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 2276.5 (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



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