Clews Staffordshire Pottery

A Clews Historical blue transferware Staffordshire platter, 19th century, with the Landing of Lafayette, floral border

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An Historical blue transferware decorated Staffordshire pottery, Landing of LaFayette reticulated tray, James and Ralph Clews

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An HISTORICAL BLUE STAFFORDSHIRE PLATE, floral border. England, 1st half 19th century. Dark blue transfer. ...Pittsfield, Mass. Impressed Clews

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A lot of TWO HISTORICAL BLUE STAFFORDSHIRE PLATES. England, 1st half 19th century. Dark blue transfers of America and Independence with states borders

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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 series and the “Doctor Syntax” series, based on the sketches of Thomas Rowlandson and rhymes by William Combe (1815 to 1821) lampooning the fashionable “cult of the picturesque”.

After 1834 James Clews came to America to help establish a pottery in Troy, Indiana. The venture was not successful and after five years he returned to England.


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