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Staffordshire

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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Creator: Staffordshire
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

Statfordshire Wallace Statue
By Staffordshire
Located in Milton, DE
This military statue is depicting Sir William Wallace circa 1274-1305. Staffordshire Pottery created this series of Military men. Wallace one of the British Isles greats is standing ...
Category

19th Century English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic, Chestnut

English Porcelain Plaque with Flower Bouquet, Regency ca 1825
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful porcelain plaque with a lavish flower bouquet, set in a gilt wood frame. It was made in England in about 1825. This plaque has provenance: it once belonged to...
Category

1820s English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

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....
Category

19th Century British Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Pair of Staffordshire Figures of Seated Black & White Cats with Kittens
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Staffordshire Figures of Seated Black & White Cats with Kittens England, 20th Century Rare examples, Each one a well painted feline with expressive faces, with kittens ...
Category

20th Century English High Victorian Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

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,...
Category

1890s English Aesthetic Movement Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Stoneware

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

19th Century Blue & White English Willow Plate Staffordshire
By Staffordshire
Located in Austin, TX
19th Century blue & white english willow plate signed Stone China D&S Staffordshire.
Category

1890s English Chinoiserie Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic

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.
Category

20th Century English Victorian Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic

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 Measures - 12.25"...
Category

19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

19th Century Staffordshire Porcelain Chinoiserie Tea Set
By Staffordshire
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
A Staffordshire porcelain tea set, made ca. 1840 in the chinoiserie style with beautiful pink and orange floral decoration accented with apple green details. Staffordshire was the...
Category

Mid-19th Century British Chinoiserie Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Staffordshire Pottery Flatback Model of Balmoral Castle
By Staffordshire
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
The hollow potted castle is mounted on a long oval shaped base molded in relief with swirl patterning with a raised molded banner reading BALMORAL CASTLE with remnants of gilding to ...
Category

19th Century English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire Royal Coat of Arms Group, C. 1860
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
Staffordshire pottery Royal Coat of Arms group, c. 1860. Modelled as a lion and a unicorn, supporting a crown, over a clock face. Set upon an oval grassy mound base, with thistles gr...
Category

1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

19th Century Staffordshire Figure of 'American Fireman'
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
19th century Staffordshire figure of 'American Fireman' England, Circa 1860s A rare example, well painted and modeled of a fireman in uniform leaning against a water pump holding a...
Category

19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire Pearlware Bocage Pack of Red Spaniel Puppies/ Sheep
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Staffordshire Pearlware bocage pack of red spaniel puppies or sheep- A rare whimsical grouping of three seated red and white animals under a tree on an oval naturalistic base.      
Category

19th Century English Georgian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

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...
Category

19th Century English Edwardian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Staffordshire Pottery Seated Cat. Prattware, c. 1800
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
Staffordshire pottery cat, c.1800. The seated cat, with his tail curled in front, coloured in Pratt type glazed spots. Set upon an oval mound base. Height: 7.5 cm, 3” Width: 5 cm, ...
Category

Early 1800s English Georgian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

19th Century English Blue & White Pagoda Plate Staffordshire
By Staffordshire
Located in Austin, TX
19th Century English blue & white Pagoda Plate signed Staffordshire.
Category

1890s English Japonisme Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic

Staffordshire English Pottery Figure of a Girl with a Large Sheep
By Staffordshire
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A fine and scarce antique English Staffordshire figure of a girl with a very large sheep dating from the mid 19th century. The figure stands on molded rockwork base with the girl sta...
Category

Mid-19th Century English Early 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

Staffordshire Porcelain Plate, Honeycomb Moulding, Beige, Pink Roses, ca 1820
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful plate made by an unknown Staffordshire factory around the year 1820. The plate has a striking honeycomb moulding on the surface of the rim, and beautiful hand pai...
Category

1820s English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

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

Staffordshire Rare Pottery Girl on a Bridge Figure
By Staffordshire
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A rare English Staffordshire pottery figure of a girl seated on a bridge above a river dating from the 19th century. The flat back hollow potted figure portrays a young girl in a lon...
Category

19th Century English Early Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire Pearlware Child in Rocking Cradle
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery pearlware model which features a child asleep in a cradle. The cradle sits on curved feet, enabling the cradle to rock from side to side.
Category

1820s English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware

Rare Staffordshire Pottery Horse Spill Vase, C.1860
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
Rare Staffordshire pottery horse spill vase, c. 1860. Well modelled as a saddled horse, recumbent upon a grassy mound base, before a wheatsheaf spill vase. Painted in typical undergl...
Category

1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

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".  
Category

19th Century Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of 19th Century White & Gilt Decorated Staffordshire Dogs
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of 19th century white & gilt decorated Staffordshire dogs, an unusual pair, well painted and modeled. Each one a standing spaniel with inset glass eyes and an extended back leg,...
Category

19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Glass, Pottery

A Pair of Large English Porcelain Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Staffordshire
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
A large pair of English Staffordshire porcelain figures of orange and white seated spaniel dogs with gold chain leashes. Their two front legs are separated, a more delicate, therefor...
Category

19th Century British Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic, 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.
Category

19th Century English Country Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Good Pair of 19th C Staffordshire Black & White Spaniels
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Good pair of 19th c Staffordshire black & white spaniels, well painted with expressive faces, each dog stands 9" high x 6" wide x 3.5" deep. No chips, cracks or repairs.
Category

19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

English Pottery Slipware Baking Dish, 18th Century
By Staffordshire
Located in Gargrave, North Yorkshire
English pottery slipware baking dish, late 18th century. The plain edged, brown glazed dish, trailed in creamy yellow slip, with a wriggled, trellis design, beneath a thick, crazed g...
Category

1780s English Georgian 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...
Category

1820s English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

19th Century Staffordshire Pealware Tea Set with Strawberry Pattern
By Staffordshire
Located in Middleburg, VA
19th century Staffordshire pealware tea set with strawberry pattern with vines and green leaves England, 1830 circa Measurements: Teapot - 7.5" H, 11" W; sugar bowl - 6" H, 8" W; c...
Category

Early 19th Century English Early Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware

English Staffordshire Dog Table Lamps, Pair
By Staffordshire
Located in New York, NY
A rare pair of antique Staffordshire dog and pottery spill vase lamps, circa mid to late-19th century, England. Each lamp represents a white dog with collar and locket, seated agains...
Category

Late 19th Century English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Metal

Staffordshire Victorian Louis Napoleon on Horseback Hand Painted Figure
By Staffordshire
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A good and scarce early Victorian Staffordshire pottery figure portraying Louis Napoleon on horseback and dating from around 1860. Louis Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon III) was the...
Category

1850s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Staffordshire Pottery Hen with Chicks on Nest
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire pottery tureen with cover which features a hen with chicks under her wing, seated on an oval basketweave tureen base. Multicolored version. Decorated 'in the round' - d...
Category

1860s English 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 Pearlware 'John Wesley' Bust
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire pottery pearlware bust with a religious theme which features John Wesley, resting on a plinth base. Decorated 'in the round', decoration to front and reverse. Open bott...
Category

1820s English Folk Art Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

English Pair of Porcelain Potpourri Vases, Cobalt Blue with Landscapes, ca 1830
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
On offer is a stunning pair of potpourri vases with covers, made by one of the great English (and probably Staffordshire) factories in about 1830. The vases are in excellent conditio...
Category

1830s English Regency 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 ...
Category

Mid-19th Century European American Classical Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pearlware, Pottery

Staffordshire Antique Hand Painted Pottery Rabbit Figure
By Staffordshire
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A scarce delightful antique Staffordshire hand painted pottery figure of a resting rabbit dating from around 1850. The rabbit is well potted and rests on a raised molded oval base re...
Category

1850s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

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

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,...
Category

Mid-19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Pair of English Spill Vases, Children, Stonehenge and Bird, Regency, ca 1820
By Staffordshire
Located in London, GB
This is a super charming pair of spill vases made by an unknown Staffordshire maker in about 1820. In the early 19th Century there were at some point about 300 potteries in Staffo...
Category

1820s British Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Staffordshire Pearlware Musicians and Sheep Bocage Group
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery pearlware bocage figure with a musical theme which features a couple seated before a tree, playing musical instruments. Sheep and dogs around them, seated on a ...
Category

1820s English Folk Art Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

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.
Category

19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

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

Staffordshire Porcellaneous Rabbit Figure
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery porcellaneous figure which features a rabbit, recumbent on an oval base. Dull gilt embellishment. Decorated 'in the round' - decoration to front and reverse. Op...
Category

1840s English 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.     
Category

Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Jones & Walley Blue Amaranthine Flowers English Transferware Dinner Plates, S/6
By Staffordshire
Located in Philadelphia, PA
In the “Amaranthine Flowers” pattern, a set of six dinner plates, by Elijah Jones & Edward Walley – Hanley Cobridge Staffordshire, England - Circa 1841-1843. A Stone China body, t...
Category

Early 19th Century English Romantic Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

19th Century English Sepia Transferware Chinoiserie Pagodas Shallow Oval Bowl
By Staffordshire
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From the Staffordshire pottery region of England, a sepia tone transfer printed shallow bowl or deep platter, maker unknown, circa mid 19th century. A central Chinoiserie inspired...
Category

Mid-19th Century English Chinoiserie Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Earthenware

Staffordshire Hen and Chicks Tureen and Cover
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery tureen with cover which features a hen with her seven chicks. One of the chicks is perched on her back, the others peep out from underneath her, resting directl...
Category

1860s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire Pottery 'John Wesley' Bust
By Staffordshire
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Staffordshire Pottery porcellaneous bust with a religious theme which features John Wesley, resting on a marbleized base. Decorated 'in the round' - decoration to front and reverse. ...
Category

1840s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire Brown Sponge Decorated Seated Spaniel, Now as a Lamp
By Staffordshire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Staffordshire brown sponge decorated seated spaniel, now as a lamp Complete with vintage woven natural shade, The good size 14.5" high brown and white spaniel, rests on a custom wo...
Category

19th Century English High Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery, Wood

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

Rare 19th Century Set of Staffordshire Swan Tureens
By Staffordshire
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
Graduated pair of rare Staffordshire Swan covered boxes with stylish decorative coral motif late 19th century.
Category

Late 19th Century English Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Ceramic

Victorian Hand-Painted Staffordshire Horse and Foal Flow Spill Vase
By Staffordshire
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
19th century English hand-painted Staffordshire horse and foal flow spill vase.
Category

Mid-19th Century English Early Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Porcelain

Staffordshire Antique Pair Figures with Baskets Containing Flowers
By Staffordshire
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A good pair English Staffordshire pottery figures portraying a Seated man and woman with a Basket containing flowers dating from around 1850. The figures are seated on a rocky pedest...
Category

1850s English Victorian Antique Staffordshire

Materials

Pottery

Staffordshire furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Staffordshire furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Staffordshire collection of furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 104 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture of Staffordshire were created in Europe during the 19th century in the Victorian style. Many customers also consider furniture by Walker & Hall, James Dixon & Sons and Royal Worcester as additional options. The prices for Staffordshire furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $75 and tops out at $40,000, while pieces like these can sell for $1,057 on average.

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