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History Staffordshire figures were originally intended as ornaments, to embellish a mantelpiece and enliven a home.Early wares were all hand done, like the rustic pair of dogs you see here, moulded in red clay indigenous to the area.In recent years, intentional damage has been made to fakes to make them look old, and copies of the press-mould method make it more challenging to spot fakes.Here are some tips: Closing Remarks Staffordshire figures have increased in value over the years but purchasing these objects in order to see them appreciate in value could be risky as the price of antiques ebbs and flows according to demand and the current economic environment.What to Collect Because there is such a range of figures, most collectors concentrate on specific areas.More affordable areas are: religious, decorative figures of unknown people and occupations.
All you can do is hold the figure and appreciate its unique warmth and beauty.Three salt glazed & stoneware hunting themed jugs, and a tankard, early 19th century, a white Staffordshire feldspathic stoneware hunting jug in the manner of Chetham && Woolley two blue and white stoneware hunting jugs in the turner style, a tankard with Two Staffordshire Figures: a Spaniel and a flatback group, mid to late 19th century, the press moulded figure of a white seated spaniel, with remnant gilt to the collar, chain and body, the glaze with a bluish cast, and; the flatback figural group, 'Return Show 19 more like this Two Staffordshire 'Confetti coat' white poodles, late 19th century, the press moulded poodles in two sizes, each with applied sand coats and wearing chain collars with lockets in soft gold colours, unmarked and with typical ventilation holes, height 14 cm Show 21 more like this A Staffordshire figural spill vase, 'Poor Maria', circa 1820s-30s, a despondent Maria seated before a tree trunk with her head resting on her hand, a spaniel at her feet, a scene from a novel by Laurence Sterne published in 1768 and popularised by contempo A small model of a Staffordshire Spaniel with Pup, mid 19th century, the figure of a recumbent Blenheim King Charles spaniel with her small black and white pup, upon a shaped base with encrusted foliage, with a bluish white glaze throughout, height 8 cm, w Show 38 more like this A pair of Staffordshire poodles with baskets plus one other, later 19th century, a pair of slip moulded seated white poodles with applied grit like fur and carrying baskets in their mouths, and a smaller example of a standing poodle with a basket, raised o Show 21 more like this A large opposite pair of Staffordshire spaniels, press moulded Blenheim King Charles spaniels with quality modelling to both sides, both with a separate front leg, the apricot snouts with aristocratic curly whiskers and decorated with feathered russet patc Show 30 more like this A pair of Victorian Staffordshire Creamware figures of a hunter and his Wife, 19th century, He with a hunting horn and accompanied by a hound and she holding a basket of produce and carrying dead game birds, in predominantly blue and green glazes with some Show 1 more like this A Staffordshire King Charles Spaniel, circa 1860s, the press moulded white spaniel with an apricot snout and yellow eyes, picked out with black, wearing a locket and chain and further decorated with sparse faded soft gilt enrichments, height 25 cm Show 18 more like this Victorian Staffordshire bull baiting figure, depicting bull & dogs, with man standing, after Obadiah Sherratt, handpainted title to front of base: 'Bull beating-now Captin lad.' Height 15 cm, length 18 cm Provenance: The Dr. Show 3 more like this A Staffordshire Pottery platinum lustre hunting jug, circa 1815, the moulded jug decorated to both sides with hunters and their dogs in relief, trailing grapevines to the rim and lappet borders to the base, in green, purple and lemon colours, height 16.5 c A near pair of Staffordshire Pottery King Charles spaniels, second half 19th century, the press moulded spaniels painted to the front in ruby colours upon white with feathering, gold details to the collar and locket partly faded to mauve, with individually Show 19 more like this An early and large pair of Staffordshire spaniels with Separate front leg, circa 1860, painted in rare design with grey paws and lustre collar and chain, 31 cm high.Provenance: the collection of a Curator & Collector, New South Wales Show 44 more like this A collection of Staffordshire Dalmations, including Inkstands, Tallest 16 cm (10).Due to an abundance of naturally occurring coal and clay, the Staffordshire region of England is renowned for manufacturing fine china and dinnerware, though local ceramic companies also made a variety of extraordinary figurines.Staffordshire potters began producing these decorative figures during the 18th century, mostly from cheaper earthenware or salt-glazed stoneware.
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More expensive or established areas are: portrait, royalty, theatre, politicians, military, Crimean War, sports, pairs of dogs and animals.