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Staffordshire Potteries (England)
Staffordshire Potteries (England)

Thanks to its reserves of clay, lead, salt and coal, Staffordshire, England, has been a center for ceramics since the early 17th century. The county was home at one time to hundreds of pottery workshops and as many as 4,000 bottle-shaped kilns that operated year-round. The term “Staffordshire Potteries” refers to the industrial area of Stoke-on-Trent — comprising the towns Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall — where most of the production was concentrated.

In 1720, potter John Astbury discovered that he could make what would later be called creamware by adding ground flint powder to the local red clay. Because resources were so plentiful in Staffordshire, local potters could afford to experiment, working to refine their techniques and designs. One such innovator was Thomas Whieldon, an important 18th-century potter known today for his tortoiseshell ware, whose brilliant glazed surface of caramel, yellow and green hues was made with copper and manganese compounds. Whieldon operated the Fenton Low workshop, making coffee- and teapots, dinner services and even ornamental knife hafts. He was an influential figure: Josiah Spode apprenticed at the workshop, and Josiah Wedgwood partnered with Whieldon for five years before establishing his eponymous firm in 1759.

Wedgwood is perhaps the best known of the Staffordshire potters. The firm produced a line of light-colored earthenware for Queen Charlotte, who liked it so much that she granted permission to market it under the moniker Queen’s Ware, which despite the name, was designed for everyday use. In the same regal vein, in 1773, Wedgwood created the 954-piece Frog service for Catherine the Great, of Russia. The company is also known for its black stoneware, Black Basalt, which imitates the color and shapes of Etruscan vases; Jasperware, with its classical reliefs applied on the unglazed body; and pearlware.

By the end of the 18th century, Staffordshire was the primary producer of ceramics for the American colonies, even creating patriotic wares celebrating independence for this market. The imagery on Staffordshire ceramics became more standardized the mid-18th century with the advent of transferware, in which a design etched on a copper plate is printed on tissue paper, which is then used to transfer the wet ink onto the ceramic surface. This technique enabled artisans to decorate their wares with complex scenes that wrapped around an object’s surface and make several copies of popular patterns.

The Staffordshire potters also produced decorative figurines, such as this charming pair of cows dating from the 19th century. Particularly popular in Great Britain were pieces with hunting imagery, such as this George IV porcelain stirrup cup in the shape of a fox head wearing a gilt collar inscribed with the word “Tallyho.” Among the many whimsical vessels produced is this mid-19th-century frog mug. The exterior is painted with a charming scene of people picking fruit on one side and ladies on a garden swing on the other side, while inside a molded frog’s head at the bottom of the mug makes a gurgling sound when the the beverage has been almost completely consumed.

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Rare Staffordshire Pottery Cat Jug, c. 1860
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
Rare Staffordshire pottery jug, c. 1860. The large jug, modelled as a seated tabby cat, attired as a pupil, in a red coat, and claret tricorn hat, forming the spout of the jug. He ho...
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1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

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Earthenware

Rare Pair of Staffordshire ‘Jackfield’ Lurchers, c. 1860
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
Rare pair of Staffordshire ‘Jackfield’ pottery Lurchers, c. 1860. The finely modelled dogs, having separate front legs, and covered in a black glaze. Painted with blue eyes, and edge...
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1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

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Earthenware

Staffordshire ‘Arctic Scenery’ Dish, c. 1835
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
Staffordshire pottery ‘Arctic Scenery’ dish, c. 1835. The Canadian interest dish printed in light blue, with an Arctic scene of explorers on sledges being pulled by dogs, before ship...
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1830s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

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Earthenware

Staffordshire Pottery Recumbent Cat, c. 1850
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
Rare and fine Staffordshire pottery cat, c. 1850. The recumbent cat, painted with large underglaze black spots, and having yellow eyes. Set upon an underglaze cobalt blue base, with ...
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1850s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

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Earthenware

John Bagster Vignette Scottish Shepherd Blue Transferware Dinner Plates S/8
By Staffordshire
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From John Denton Bagster, a set of eight dinner plates from the “Vignette” series, Hanley, Staffordshire, England, circa 1823-1827. Often called the Scottish Shepherd, the plates...
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Early 19th Century English Romantic Antique Staffordshire

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Earthenware

Small Staffordshire Semi China Platter, Blue and White English Scenery, ca 1840
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
This is a small charming semi china serving platter made by an unknown Staffordshire factory probably around 1840. It has a blue on white transfer print of a lake scene, and on the u...
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1840s English Early Victorian Antique Staffordshire

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Porcelain

Staffordshire Flatback Pottery Scottish Hunter Figure on Horseback
By Staffordshire
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A good decorative Victorian Staffordshire flatback pottery figure of a Scottish hunter on horseback dating from around 1850. The figure stands on an oval shaped base and portrays the...
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19th Century English Early Victorian Antique Staffordshire

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Pottery

Pair of 19th Century Staffordshire Figures of Dalmatians
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of 19th century Staffordshire figures of dalmatians, Each one in standing pose on grassy plinth with curled tails. Finely painted, rare form.  
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Mid-19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

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Pottery

Staffordshire Portrait Figure of Standing Franklin, Circa 1850
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Staffordshire portrait figure of standing Franklin, Circa 1850 Depicting Ben Franklin before a tree-stump, holding a tricorne hat against his left hip, a document in his right hand,...
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Mid-19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

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Pottery

Set of 6 Pairs of Graduated Staffordshire Spaniels, circa 1850
By Staffordshire
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a rare set of 6 pairs of graduated brown and White Staffordshire Spaniels that date to the mid-19th century. All six pairs are in good condition with the normal anticipated p...
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Mid-19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

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Pottery, Paint

Podmore Walker Staffordshire Minerva Mythology Sepia Brown Transferware Platter
By Staffordshire
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A stoneware sepia brown transfer printed platter, “Minerva” made by Podmore Walker & Co., Tunstall, Staffordshire, England, circa 1834-1859. In Mythology, Minerva was the Roman go...
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Mid-19th Century English Regency Antique Staffordshire

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Earthenware

Pair of English Staffordshire Glazed Ceramic Dogs
By Staffordshire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Fine pair of English Staffordshire glazed ceramic spaniels featuring white bodies with remnants of gold decoration. Beautiful craquelure finish and facial expressions.
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20th Century English Victorian Staffordshire

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Ceramic

English Staffordshire Transferware Child’s ABC Clock Teaching Plate, Brown
By Staffordshire
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From Staffordshire, England, a Children’s teaching plate, circa 1880-1900. This charming ABC plate is printed in a dimensional, geometric fan pattern, showing the entire alphabet,...
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1890s English Aesthetic Movement Antique Staffordshire

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Stoneware

English Staffordshire Transferware Child’s ABC Clock Teaching Plate, Blue
By Staffordshire
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From Staffordshire, England, a children’s teaching plate, circa 1880-1900. This charming ABC plate is printed in a dimensional, geometric fan pattern, showing the entire alphabet, n...
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1890s English Aesthetic Movement Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Stoneware

Staffordshire Porcelain Campana Vase, Salmon, Gilt and Flowers, circa 1820
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
On offer is a very fine small porcelain campana vase made circa year 1820 by an unknown Staffordshire potter. The vase has a beautiful delicate salmon colored ground, rich gilding an...
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1820s English Regency Antique Staffordshire

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Porcelain

19th Century Staffordshire Blue Willow Serving Platter
By Staffordshire
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 19th century large blue willow serving platter is signed Staffordshire, England. The condition is in mint condition.
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19th Century English Country Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Diminutive Red Staffordshire Spaniels, circa 1860
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of diminutive red Staffordshire Spaniels, circa 1860, Each one exceptionally painted with expressive faces.
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19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Antique Large English Staffordshire Blue and White Platter, 19th Century
By Staffordshire
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Large early 19th century blue and white Staffordshire platter with exotic scenery and seaweed border.     
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Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Staffordshire

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Pottery

English Staffordshire Transferware Charger by Thomas Mayer Longport, circa 1830s
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
Early 19th century circa 1830s English Staffordshire purple and white transferware porcelain charger or meat platter in "Range of Lebanon" pattern from illustrations of the Bible ser...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

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Porcelain

Incredible Set of 14 Staffordshire Medium Sized Plates
By Staffordshire
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A gorgeous richly patterned and gilded set of 14 porcelain 9" diameter plates having meticulously detailed pagodas, birds, boats, and figures in a marvelous color palette of red oxid...
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19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

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Porcelain

Monumental Sized Staffordshire Hen on Nest Tureen
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery egg tureen and cover which features a hen sitting with her eggs, resting on a basketweave oval base. Decorated 'in the round' - decoration to front and reverse....
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19th Century British Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Staffordshire Porcelain Teacup Trio, Cobalt Blue, Gilt, Flowers, Regency
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful trio consisting of a teacup, a coffee cup and a saucer, made by a Staffordshire factory some time, circa 1825. It has a cobalt blue ground with cream and gilt pat...
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1820s English Regency Antique Staffordshire

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Porcelain

19th Century English Staffordshire Transfer Pearlware Blue Willow Charger
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century English Staffordshire transfer pearlware charger / meat platter in blue willow pattern, marked.
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19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Staffordshire Pottery Miss Florence Nightingale Figure
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery figure which features a young Miss Florence Nightingale, stood on an oval base. The piece is titled, 'MISS NIGHTINGALE'. Dull gilt embellishment. Flatback, deco...
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19th Century British Victorian Antique Staffordshire

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Earthenware

20th Century circa 1950s English Staffordshire Hand Painted Pottery Cat
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
20th century circa 1950s English Staffordshire hand painted pottery cat.
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20th Century English Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Pair of English Staffordshire Golden Ceramic Dogs
By Staffordshire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Charming pair of English Victorian Staffordshire glazed ceramic spaniel dogs. Featuring golden accents and gilt remnants over a white craquelure glazed finish. Wonderful expressions ...
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20th Century English Late Victorian Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of 19th Century Staffordshire Scottish Highlander Hunters
By Staffordshire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Handsome pair of 19th century equestrian Staffordshire porcelain Scottish Highlander hunters on horseback. Each bearded gentleman is depicted seated on his horse and one with a succe...
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19th Century English Edwardian Antique Staffordshire

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Porcelain

'The Orphan' English Statfordshire Two Part Porcelain Figurine of Cat on a Chair
By Staffordshire
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This lovely late 19th century Staffordshire figure of a white cat with blue eyes and collar sitting proudly on a fine rococo chair consists of a top and a bottom part creating a nice...
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Late 19th Century English Late Victorian Antique Staffordshire

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Porcelain

Ralph Wood Staffordshire Pearlware Medici Lion
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Ralph Wood Staffordshire pottery earthenware color glazed figure which features a Medici lion, stood on a plinth base. Decorated 'in the round', decoration to front and reverse. This...
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1780s British Georgian Antique Staffordshire

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Earthenware, Pearlware

Three Staffordshire Porcelain Spill Vases Floral Cobalt Blue, Regency circa 1820
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
This is a set of three little spill vases made by an unknown Staffordshire maker in circa 1820, which was the Regency era. Two of the vases are cobalt blue, one is salmon, and all th...
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1820s English Regency Antique Staffordshire

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Porcelain

English Pottery Child’s Advertising Plate, circa 1840
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
Rare North East potteries, England pottery advertising child’s plate, circa 1840. The plate printed to advertise the work undertaken by a retailer of boots at various markets in Linc...
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1840s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

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Earthenware

2 Antique 19th Century Staffordshire Porcelain Dogs Cocker Spaniels
By Staffordshire
Located in Dayton, OH
Pair of Staffordshire 19th century cocker spaniel figurines. Measures: 10".  
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19th Century Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Early 19th Century English Staffordshire Minton "Crazy Cow" Porcelain Punch Bowl
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
Early 19th century circa 1815-1820 English Staffordshire Minton "Crazy Cow" porcelain punch bowl. Marked with Pattern # 106.
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Early 19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain

Yellow Glazed Staffordshire Pottery Brazil Independence Pitcher, circa 1825
By Staffordshire
Located in Essex, MA
A rare Staffordshire pottery pear shaped pitcher with strap handle, made to commemorate the independence of Brazil from Portugal in 1822, transfer printed in blue on canary yellow wi...
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1820s English Antique Staffordshire

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Earthenware

Rare 18th Century English Staffordshire Hand Painted Toby Jug, Unmarked
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare 18th century English Staffordshire hand painted toby jug, unmarked.
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18th Century Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain, Pottery

Pair of 19th Century Marked English Staffordshire Blue Willow Pearlware Platters
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of 19th century English Staffordshire transfer pearlware chargers in blue willow pattern with Royal Coat of Arms Mark & Initials JC (Probably for Joseph Clementson) circa 1794-1...
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19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

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Porcelain

19th Century Portrait Bust of William Shakespeare
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
19th century portrait bust of William Shakespeare, Vividly painted, a striking portrait of the English playwright, poet, and actor. Raised on a pedestal base with a neoclassical urn....
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Late 19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

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Pottery

19th Century Staffordshire Military Portrait Figure of Omar Pacha
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
19th century Staffordshire military portrait figure of Omar Pacha, A rare well decorated version, depicting the Omar Pasha, also known as Omer Pasha Latas (Turkish: Ömer Pasa, Serbia...
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Mid-19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery, Pottery

Pair of Staffordshire Seated Dalmatian Inkwells
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Staffordshire seated Dalmatian inkwells, each one reclining with front legs crossed, resting on an oval blue cushion. Unmarked, later 19th century examples.    
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Late 19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery, Pottery

19th Century Staffordshire Transfer Granite Ware Blue and White Poonah J Charger
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century English Staffordshire transfer granite ware blue and white Poonah J oval charger, marked.
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19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain, Pottery

Rare Pair of 19th Century Antique Staffordshire Reclining Lions
By Staffordshire
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Beautiful collectible pair antique Staffordshire 19th century reclining lions with glass eyes.   
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19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Early 19th Century Staffordshire Porcelain Figure of Boy on Woman's Shoulder
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
Early 19th century rare Staffordshire Porcelain figure of boy on woman's shoulder.
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Early 19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Staffordshire Figure of Benjamin Franklin But Named Washington
By Staffordshire
Located in Downingtown, PA
Large Staffordshire figure of Benjamin Franklin but named Washington for George Washington, mid-19th century (Ref: NY9353-cpr) The large Staffordshire pottery figure depicts an ...
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Mid-19th Century European American Classical Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware, Pottery

Staffordshire Pottery Figure of Benjamin Franklin, Named Franklin on Base
By Staffordshire
Located in Downingtown, PA
Large Staffordshire figure of Benjamin Franklin, Named Franklin on base, mid-19th century (Ref: NY9354-kirx) This Staffordshire figure of Benjamin Franklin has a white base wit...
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Mid-19th Century European American Classical Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware, Pottery

Rare Staffordshire Salt-Glazed Stoneware Bird, circa 1760
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
A rare Staffordshire salt-glazed stoneware figure, circa 1760. Well modelled as a bird perched upon a flowering tree stump, and set on a quatrelobed scroll moulded base. Heightened t...
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1760s English Georgian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Stoneware

Pair of Staffordshire Copper Luster Dogs with Separated Legs, Wider
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Staffordshire copper luster dogs with separated legs, wider.
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19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Pair of Staffordshire Copper Luster Dogs with Separated Legs, Taller
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Staffordshire copper luster dogs with separated legs, taller.   
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19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Pair of 19th Century Staffordshire Diminutive Copper Luster Dogs
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of 19th century Staffordshire diminutive copper luster dogs, facing left and right with chains and padlocks, standing on separated front legs. Unusual size, nicely painted.
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Late 19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire Pottery Blue and White Printed Chinoiserie Dish
By Staffordshire
Located in Downingtown, PA
Staffordshire large pottery blue and white large printed chinoiserie dish, 19th Century The Staffordshire underglaze blue and white deep dish is printed with a chinoiserie scene of...
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Mid-19th Century English Chinoiserie Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware, Pottery

Antique English Staffordshire Hand Painted Figural Porcelain Cobbler, circa 1860
By Staffordshire
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique English Staffordshire porcelain figure depicts hand painted cobbler working on shoe seated on covered stool with puppy peeking from beneath, circa 1860 ***DELIVERY NOTICE...
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19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain, Porcelain

English Political Pearlware Plate ‘Lawson and Independence’ Dated 1827
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
English pearlware plate of Political interest, dated 1827. Probably Whitehaven pottery, and made to commemorate the campaign in support of the election of Sir Wilfred Lawson, 1st Bar...
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1820s English Georgian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Large Rare Staffordshire Begging Spaniel Smoking a Pipe
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery dog which features a begging spaniel with pipe, seated directly on the ground, no base. Russet and white version. Decorated mainly to the front. Vent hole to th...
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1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Pair of Large Staffordshire Bull and Cow, Early 19th Century
By Staffordshire
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a very rare pair of large Staffordshire bull and cow animal figures that date to circa 1810. Both figures are in exceptionally good condition, having survived over 200 years ...
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Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Pair of Staffordshire Jackfield Great Dane Figures
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Pair of Staffordshire Pottery figures which feature a Great Dane, seated on an oval base. Jackfield black version. Dull gilt base line and embellishment. Decorated mainly to the fron...
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1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Staffordshire Pottery Pink Lustreware Spotted Cow Creamer, English, circa 1810
By Staffordshire
Located in Essex, MA
A Staffordshire pottery pink lustreware cow creamer and cover, with wonderful black and pink spotted decoration overall. The cow has an endearing happy expression and is standing on ...
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Early 1800s English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Staffordshire Pottery Stirrup Cup Modelled as a Fox Head
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery porcellaneous stirrup cup which features a fox head, stood directly on the ground, no base. Dull gilt base line. Decorated 'in the round' - decoration to front ...
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1850s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Staffordshire Pearlware Greyhound Box and Cover
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire pottery Pearlware box and cover which features a recumbent greyhound and a bird to the cover. Pictorial scenes in relief to the sides of the box. The whole, stood on a ...
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Early 1800s English Georgian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware

Antique Staffordshire Holy Water Font, Christ on the Cross
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
Antique Staffordshire Holy Water Font, Christ on the Cross, Flanked by angels.
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19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery