Hayden Goldberg & Curtis Brown

Hayden Goldberg & Curtis Brown

My uncle, Hayden Goldberg, had been collecting “blue” for almost fifty years when at a family celebration, shortly before his death, he told me it was time to sell his collection. As I looked at his expression, I knew it wasn’t an easy decision for him. I do know one thing for sure, he always said he did not want his collection of historical blue Staffordshire to go to [...] Click here to continue reading.

Cities Series, American Historical Views on Staffordshire Pottery

American Historical Views on Staffordshire Pottery – Cities Series

From about 1830 to 1845 an unknown English potter produced a series of plates and platters decorated with views of American cities. The series comprises sixteen American views plus one each of Buenos Ayres [sic] and Quebec. Both of these foreign city examples include hollowware, as does the Louisville example, all the other city views are limited to platters and plates of various sizes. Examples [...] Click here to continue reading.

Columbus, Georgia; View on Historical Staffordshire

View of Columbus, Georgia on Historical Staffordshire

The Magazine Antiques, November 1939, page 244, ‘New Studies in Old Staffordshire: Enoch Wood & Sons, Celtic China Series: Columbus, Georgia’ by Julia D. Sophronia Snow

‘This unmarked cup plate has recently been the subject of much speculation and controversy. The following should help to settle the dispute. A few years ago, a collector showed me a specimen that had been tentatively identified as Governor Wright’s mansion [...] Click here to continue reading.

America and Independence Series Historical Staffordshire

America and Independence Series Historical Staffordshire

The “America and Independence” series is so named for the two female allagorical figures flanking a central view of various buildings in naturalistic settings. “America” on the left holds aloft a portrait of Washington; on the right “Liberty” kneels with a pike topped with a Liberty cap. At least fifteen central views, mostly fictional, have been identified in the series. A ribbon festoon border with fifteen states named [...] Click here to continue reading.

Clews Staffordshire Pottery

James & Ralph Clews

In 1815 the brothers James and Ralph Clews rented a pottery works from William Adams in the Staffordshire village of Cobridge where they produced their specialty, high quality blue transfer printed wares, until their partnership ended in 1834.

Serving primarily the American and Russian markets, the Clews brothers produced a number of popular American design series, including “American Views” and “The Landing of Lafayette”. In addition Clews produced the Zoological [...] Click here to continue reading.

Wood & Sons Historical Staffordshire & Transferware

Wood & Sons Historical Staffordshire

Enoch Wood came from a long line of Staffordshire potters. With his sons produced a vast quantity of transfer ware in Burslem, England from 1818 to 1846, most marked Wood & Sons.

Wood was one of the first Staffordshire potters to develop the burgeoning American export market after the War of 1812, eventually producing at least fifty-eight American views, over eighty English views and a series of French views [...] Click here to continue reading.

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