Collecting Staffordshire Figures

Collecting Staffordshire Figures – The earliest Staffordshire figures were made in the late 18th century to undersell Derby porcelain and to copy the fine but expensive figures produced by the top Continental factories such as Meissen. Square-based with a pearlware glaze, they graced many an elegant Georgian drawing room.

As the 19th century progressed mass production techniques improved and the increase in industrialization brought a burgeoning middle class with more disposable income and a desire for decorative ornaments. They could not afford the finest porcelain, but Staffordshire earthenware figures with flat, undecorated backs were an ideal alternative.

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