STAFFORDSHIRE & BRITISH POTTERY FIGURES

Early 19th century
& Victorian Flat-back

 
 

 Pottery Staffordshire figures from the 19th century are in the folk art tradition.

These cottage figures were usually primitively potted and and brightly colored in a restricted primary palette and were found on the mantles, hearths and shelves of homes. They reflected the interests and sentiments of the period... farm animals, country scenes, hunters and their animals and quarry. In the later Victorian period the range became wider as it was influenced by the new-sheets of the time and included theatrical performers, popular folk heroes, Royalty, visiting dignitaries, murderers, sportsmen and, of course, the ever popular comfort dogs and domestic animals. Many were fashioned as spill vases to hold wooden or paper"spills" used to transfer fire from the hearth to candle, oil lamp and tobacco pipe.

The early figures were molded in the round and often supported by bocage (a tree with leaves). The later Victorian figures were more simply molded with the decoration only on the front side which led to the name of "flat-back".

For wares see British Pottery: British Pottery 18th century

 Stock#

#b43612Item description

 Date

 Maker

 Price

 

26761

COW CREAMER, 4-1/4 inches high, length over all 7-1/2 inches. Decorated with iron-red patches on a white body and with gold horns. Standing on grass, the oval base with a gold band. Touch up to the iron-red enamel.
c.1835
STAFFORDSHIRE
$275.00

 

26440

FIGURE OF A BOY WITH A FIGHTING COCK, 6-1/2" high. Standing on a grassy mound the boy holds the cock firmly under his right arm. Enameled in bright colors. Early figure of an interesting subject. Head reattached, chip to right elbow, chips to foot rim.

Cock fighting was common in England until the early 19th century.Two game birds were matched in a cockpit and fought to the death.In the18th century it had become one of the "sports" of the aristocracy. Their named birds brought crowds of spectators who made wagers on the surviving cock.

The cruelty involved led to cock fighting being banned in 1835.

 c.1800
 STAFFORDSHIRE

  $295.00

 21757

TOBY JUG, "GEORGEWHITFIELD/WHITEFIELD"

OR "THE NIGHT WATCHMAN", 9-1/2" high. The watchman is seated on an ornate chair that forms the spout. He has a white wig and deep brown coat. He holds his black hat in his lap and an octagonal lantern rests between his feet. The base is marbelized in many colors. The head and hands are very well modelled. Some crazing and cracks to the head and and cracks to the base.

  c.1810-30
 STAFFORDSHIRE

 $375.00

 26162

COW CREAMER, 5-1/2"high. With purple lustre & iron red splashes, purple lustre horns, green oval base with molded edge. Chips to rim of lid, small area of flaking to green enamel.

 c.1830
 SWANSEA WALES

  $875.00

 

23520

BOCAGE FIGURE OF A SHEPHERDESS, 4-3/"high. She is resting on the bocage and petting her sheep. Scroll mound. Losses to bocage. Restoration to right arm

 c.1820
STAFFORDSHIRE

  $375.00

 

22133

FIGURE OF A SEATED WOMAN with a dog. She is holding a birdcage. 4-3/4" high. Restoration to right arm

  c.1830
STAFFORDSHIRE

  $210.00

 

22521

FIGURE OF A TOPER , 3-1/2" high. The seated man wears a conical hat and holds a drink. Chip to brim of hat.

 c.1820
STAFFORDSHIRE

  $145.00

 

40286

FIGURE OF A LADY ARCHER. 6-1/2"high, in bright colors. Elegantly dressed she stands by a straw butt on a mound base with an ornate scroll. She holds a bow & arrow has her quiver on her back. Unmarked.

* Professional restoration to neck and touch up to enamel. One small chip to footrim,

 

 1815-1825
STAFFORDSHIRE

 $475.00

 

40174

 
BOCAGE FIGURE OF A GENTLEMAN, 4-1/2"high. Elegant dressed and posed he stands by his dog in front of a bocage.

Unmarked.

 1815-1825
STAFFORDSHIRE

 $325.00

 

24168

FIGURE OF A LODGED STAG, 7" high.

Enoch Wood type . On a grassy mound.

*restoration to antlers and ear

 1815-1830
STAFFORDSHIRE
 $475.00

23518

FIGURE OF A "FEMALE GARDENER", 6-1/2 inches high, with watering can and flowers standing on a grassy mound beside a fountain with a wild man's head. Good molding and coloring. Crack at neck and on stump on reverse.

 c.1830
STAFFORDSHIRE

$395.00

 

40194 SOLD

 
PAIR OF DOGS, 9-1/2"high, the King Charles' Spaniel or "Comfort" dogs ,white with iron red marking, black collar, chain & locket. Unmarked.


*minor losses enamel; left figure has an opened mold joint that shows as crack;right figure has chip to base.

 c.1860
STAFFORDSHIRE

SOLD

 

24724 SOLD

FLATBACK FIGURE OF A REAPER, 11" high. This handsome fellow is resting from his labors. Wearing a yellow hat, he is seated petting his dog. A sheaf of wheat is beside him and his sickle (bill hook) is by his feet. Minor touch-up to one shoe, brim of hat and the dog.

  c.1860
STAFFORDSHIRE

 SOLD

 

SOLD

40165

 
BOCAGE FIGURE OF A GARDENER, 5"high. Leaning on his spade andd holding a pot of flowers. He stands on a grassy mound and is backed by a bocage of leaves and flowers. Scroll with impressed name,"WALTON"


*Restoration to left arm and one sction of bocage reglued

 1815-1825

 WALTON

STAFFORDSHIRE

 SOLD

 

26439

SOLD

 TOBY JUG, 9-3/4 inches high. Of traditional form, the seated man with black hat and wearing a brown coat and yellow breeches, holding a beer filled jug on his knee, a pipe between his fingers. His genial face is pock-marked. The ornate chair has scroll feet and back. The base has a brown line and canted corners. Marked on the base #57. Some losses to enamel, and tip of shoe. In the making firing cracks.

  c.1810
STAFFORDSHIRE

  

SOLD

SOLD 

40164


BOCAGE FIGURE OF A BOY WITH NEST 5-1/2"h, The Boy straddles a stream. He is holding a bird in his left hand and a birdnest with young birds in his right while another bird watches from the bocage behind his figure. Scroll with molded name, "WALTON"

*Section of bocage reglued.Loss to a bocage leaf and loss to grass on base.

 1815-1825

 WALTON

STAFFORDSHIRE

 SOLD

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