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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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Staffordshire Dessert Service, Cobalt Blue Botanical, Rococo Revival, circa 1830
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
On offer is a part-dessert service made by a Staffordshire factory in circa 1830. The service might be made by Samuel Alcock or Machin. The items have a deep cobalt blue ground and s...
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1830s English Rococo Revival Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

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.
Category

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...
Category

19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

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....
Category

Late 19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

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...
Category

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.    
Category

Late 19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery, Pottery

Staffordshire Charger in Penang Pattern by John Ridgway & Co, Marked, circa 1835
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century circa 1835 English Staffordshire blue and white stoneware porcelain charger in Penang pattern by John Ridgway & Co, marked.
Category

19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain, 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.
Category

19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic, Porcelain, Pottery

Early Staffordshire Bocage Figure Group of Gardener and Companion, circa 1825
By Staffordshire
Located in Downingtown, PA
Early Staffordshire bocage figure group of gardener and companion, circa 1825. The charming bocage figure group of male and female gardeners standing either side of a central bo...
Category

Early 19th Century English William IV Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware, 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.   
Category

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.
Category

Early 19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Staffordshire Pottery King Charles Spaniel Figure
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery figure which features a King Charles Spaniel, stood on a leaf embellished base. Dull gilt base line and embellishment. Flatback, decorated only to the front. Ve...
Category

1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

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 ...
Category

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...
Category

Mid-19th Century European American Classical Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware, Pottery

Pair of White English Staffordshire Spaniels
By Staffordshire
Located in Oakland, CA
Charming pair of white English porcelain Staffordshire spaniels. Featuring beautifully glazed bodies with a worn gilt finish. Both dogs show signs of wear with light hairline cracks ...
Category

19th Century English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

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...
Category

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.
Category

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.   
Category

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.
Category

Late 19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire Serving Dish White Floral with Fine Union Moulding circa 1801-1820
By Coalport Porcelain, Staffordshire, Charles Bourne
Located in London, GB
This is a very fine and beautiful serving dish made in Staffordshire in the very early 19th century. The dish has a striking oval shape with gilded handles, superbly fine surface mou...
Category

Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Very Large Staffordshire Cow Spill Vases
By Staffordshire
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A wonderful rare very large pair of Staffordshire spill vases having orange and cream colored cows.
Category

1940s English Vintage Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of English Staffordshire Golden Ceramic Dogs
By Staffordshire
Located in Oakland, 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 ...
Category

20th Century English Late Victorian Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of English Staffordshire Glazed Ceramic Dogs
By Staffordshire
Located in Oakland, CA
Fine pair of English Staffordshire glazed ceramic spaniels featuring white bodies with remnants of gold decoration. Beautiful craquelure finish and facial expressions.
Category

20th Century English Victorian Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic

Staffordshire Pottery Blue and White Printed Chinoiserie Dish, circa 1840-1850
By Staffordshire
Located in Downingtown, PA
Staffordshire large pottery blue and white large printed chinoiserie dish, circa 1840-1850. The Staffordshire underglaze blue and white deep dish is printed with a chinoiserie s...
Category

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...
Category

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...
Category

1820s English Georgian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Antique South Staffordshire Battersea Enamel Georgian Table Box, 19th Century
By Staffordshire
Located in Dublin, Ireland
An exceptionally fine and rare example of an English Georgian South Staffordshire or Battersea Enamel on Copper Table Box of good size proportions and outstanding heavy gauge quality...
Category

19th Century English Georgian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ormolu, Enamel

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...
Category

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 ...
Category

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...
Category

1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Blue and White Neoclassical Staffordshire Platter with Provenance
By Staffordshire
Located in Essex, MA
A blue and white rectangular Staffordshire pottery platter with neoclassical decoration, featuring a collection of urns in the center surrounded by a graphic floral border, in periwi...
Category

Mid-19th Century English 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 ...
Category

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 ...
Category

1850s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Early 20th Century Pottery Whisky Barrels with Original Lids and Taps
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
A fantastic pair of pottery whisky barrels by Thomas Cone of Longton, Staffordshire between 1912-1935. Stamped and numbered. Labelled Irish and Scotch Whisky each with gilt decorati...
Category

Early 20th Century English Georgian Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

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 ...
Category

Early 1800s English Georgian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware

Staffordshire 'Courting Under Difficulties' Figure Group
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery house which features a courting couple at the upstairs window and the girl's berated father with a pitchfork below, stood on a shaped base. Dull gilt base line ...
Category

1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

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.
Category

19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Three-Piece English Porcelain Assembled Garniture, Staffordshire, circa 1820
By Staffordshire
Located in New York, NY
Three-piece English porcelain assembled garniture, Staffordshire, circa 1820
Category

1820s English Antique Staffordshire

Staffordshire Prattware Pottery House Moneybox
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire pottery Yorkshire money box which features Mexborough chapel, with the box owners name, 'MIRIAM WINN', printed on the front. Flanked by two figures standing either side...
Category

1820s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire Pearlware Bocage Piper Figure
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery pearlware bocage figure with a musical theme which features a man playing a bagpipe, his dog beside him, seated on a shaped base. Decorated 'in the round', deco...
Category

1820s English Georgian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware

Staffordshire Pottery Hen on Nest Tureen
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire pottery egg tureen and cover which features a hen sitting on her eggs, seated on a basket weave oval base. Multi-coloured version. Decorated 'in the round' - decoration...
Category

1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Pair of 19th Century Staffordshire Scottish Highlander Hunters
By Staffordshire
Located in Oakland, 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...
Category

19th Century English Edwardian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of English Staffordshire Deer Head Sconces or Brackets
By Staffordshire
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is an unusual pair of mid-19th century Staffordshire brackets or sconces in the form of deer heads. Both brackets are in overall very good condition with the anticipated normal ...
Category

Mid-19th Century English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Clay

Staffordshire Figure as a Lamp
By Staffordshire
Located in San Antonio, TX
Charming Staffordshire figural spill vase mounted to a wooden base and wired as a lamp.  
Category

19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain, Wood

Staffordshire Pink Lusterware Cow Creamer, English, circa 1820
By Staffordshire
Located in Essex, MA
A fine quality Staffordshire pottery pink lustreware cow creamer and cover, modeled as an animated cow, standing with alert, happy expression standing on a green grassy base, English...
Category

Early 19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Pair of Staffordshire Pugs, Late 19th Century
By Staffordshire
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a wonderful pair of late 19th century Staffordshire pugs. The guys show a lot of character and attitude.
Category

Late 19th Century English Late Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

19th Century English Staffordshire King Charles Spaniels
By Staffordshire
Located in Austin, TX
A handsome pair of 19th century. English King Charles spaniels from the Staffordshire Potteries. Also known as comforter dogs, this pair is from the early period of production - ...
Category

19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

Staffordshire Prattware Long Case Clock Model
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire pottery Prattware model which features a long case clock with cherubs above the clock face, stood directly on the ground, no base. Flatback, decorated only to the front...
Category

1820s English Folk Art Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Pair of Dudson Staffordshire 'Mr Pickwick & Sam Weller' Figures
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Pair of Staffordshire Pottery figures with a theatrical and literary theme which feature two gentleman, stood on a square base. Dull gilt base line and embellishment. Decorated 'in t...
Category

1840s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Staffordshire Prattware Long Case Clock Model
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery Prattware model which features a long case clock with floral decoration to the front, stood directly on the ground, no base. Flatback, decorated only to the fro...
Category

1820s English Folk Art Antique Staffordshire

Large Staffordshire Recumbent Black and White Spaniel
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire pottery figure which features a spaniel, recumbent directly on the ground, no base. Black and white version. Dull gilt collar and locket. Decorated 'in the round' - dec...
Category

1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Staffordshire Pearlware Piper with Dog Bocage Figure
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire pottery pearlware bocage figure with a musical theme which features a boy playing a pipe. His dog by his side, stood on a shaped base. Decorated 'in the round' - decora...
Category

1820s English Folk Art Antique Staffordshire

Staffordshire Pottery 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 basket weave oval base. Decorated 'in the round' - decoration to front and reverse.
Category

1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

19th Century Staffordshire Seated Disraeli Black and White Spaniel Dogs
By Staffordshire
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century Staffordshire seated Disraeli black and white spaniel dogs with the separate front legs, wonderful decoration, and all over painted black spots. ...
Category

Mid-19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire Planter Jardinière on a Column
By Staffordshire
Located in Antwerp, BE
England, an attractive and large Staffordshire ceramic one of a kind hand thrown and richly glazed pot vessel on a stand decorated with beautiful flowers. Ceramic flower pedestal/Ca...
Category

Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic

Late 19th Century Staffordshire Part Dinner Service
By Staffordshire
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
A most attractive late 19th century Staffordshire, porcelain dessert service. Still in crisp condition with well shaped dishes and a compote. Comprising of 24 pieces: 16 plates 9 ...
Category

Late 19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Staffordshire Pottery Irish Setters
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Pair of Staffordshire pottery figures which feature Irish Setter, seated on a scroll work base. White and gilt version. Dull gilt embellishment. Flatback, decorated only to the front...
Category

1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Pair of #6 Staffordshire England Red Seated Spaniel Dogs
By Staffordshire
Located in Oaks, PA
Pair of #6 Staffordshire England red seated spaniel dogs, well painted with.  
Category

Mid-19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery