Clews Staffordshire Pottery

An English, second-quarter nineteenth century, historical blue Staffordshire platter depicting the Landing of Gen. LaFayette At Castle Garden New York, 16th August 1824, floral border

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An Historical blue transfeware Staffordshire plate, England, 2nd quarter-19th century, Landing of LaFayette, impressed Clews

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An Historical blue transferware Staffordshire pottery plate, England, 2nd quarter-19th century, Landing of Gen. Lafayette by Clews

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A lot of two Historical blue transferware Staffordshire pottery, America and Independence platter, stamped Clews, together with an open vegetable dish, stamped Clews, both with states border

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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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