Dating staffordshire figures

It is also worth noting that while well-known makers of the early figures include Thomas Whieldon, Ralph Wood, and William and Felix Pratt, numerous small-scale makers are long lost to anonymity.

Because few figures bear marks of identification, collectors must use their eyes, experience and intuition to establish provenance.

Groups of figures are also much in evidence, and often included in rural scenes, sometimes with features such as barns or cottages.

Also look out for figures and scenes set in front of bocage – a desirable decorative device in the form of flowering trees or foliage associated with mid-18th century Rococo wares.

As a region, Staffordshire became the hub for many English porcelain makers and manufactories because of its close proximity to the source of Devonshire clay, a prime ingredient in the formula for most types of English porcelain.

Some pieces, however, were as early as the 1770’s and other pieces dated to the early 1900’s.

On Wednesday, the Bond Street auction house is selling the entire stock, some 800 lots, of the legendary antique dealers Sampson and Horne. For decades, Horne and his late business partner, Alistair Sampson, were acknowledged worldwide as the pre-eminent dealers in early British pottery and English country furniture.

They only ever bought interesting and special pieces (which also included needlework and paintings), so the sale promises to be a rare opportunity.

Some superb examples will be on sale at the Bonhams auction.

So, what exactly are they and what are the differences between early and late?

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