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 a peacock early 19th century.

Reference: 2642

A good and clean example of a Staffordshire pottery figure of a pearlware peacock in full display. The figure is execeptionnaly well decorated in bright striking enamel colours. The figure dates to the early 19th century period.

Dimensions: 4 inch high

Price: gbp 885.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1345.2 (US Dollars)

Staffordshire pottery pearlware figure group PIG TITHE early 19th century.

Reference: 2591

A good example of a Staffordshire pottery pearlware Tithe Pig group. The figure dates to the circa 1820 period. There are minor restorations at the handle of the basket and to the staff held by the farmer figure.

Dimensions: 7.50 inch high

Price: gbp 1150.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1748 (US Dollars)

Antique pair of Staffordshire pottery pearlware table base figures of the Flight...

Reference: 2596

A rare pair of table base pearlware figures depicting the Flight and Return from and to Egypt. Table bases figures are attributed to Obadiah Sherratt pottery Staffordshire. The figures are intricately modelled with high quality enamels which is o...

Dimensions: 8.50 inch high

Price: gbp 5850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 8892 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery figure of a swan pearlware glaze c1820

Reference: 2546

A fine antique Staffordshire pottery figure of a swan in the form of a whistle. The figure is decorated with good enamel colours, a rare and interesting object with a pearlware glaze.

Dimensions: 3.50 inch high

Price: gbp 950.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 1444 (US Dollars)

Antique Staffordshire pottery pair of figures Douglas and Billy Waters

Reference: 2500

A rare Staffordshire pottery pair of pearlware figures "Douglas and Billy Waters". Billy Waters is by far the most famous of the duo but the figure of "Douglas" is a much rarer figure. Douglas was the title of a play which ran at the Adelphi Th...

Dimensions: 6.75 inch high

Price: gbp 4850.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 7372 (US Dollars)

Antique pair figures of a ewe and ram creamware bodied Yorkshire pottery c1790

Reference: 2450

Antique pair of figures of a ewe and ram creamware bodied Yorkshire pottery c1790. Relief molded figures with coloured oxide decoration underglaze. A naive and charming couple.

Dimensions: 5.50 inch wide

Price: gbp 2450.00 (Pound Sterling)
USD 3724 (US Dollars)



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