Clews Staffordshire Pottery

A Clews lidded tureen and undertray featuring three scenes after designs by David Wilkie (1785 to 1841) including The Valentine, The Rabbit on the Wall and The Errand Boy

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An assembled group of sixteen blue and white transferware printed dishes by Clews, Wilkie Series Staffordshire Wares, English, 19th century, various scenes

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A lot of five Clews Wilkie Series serving dishes, English, 19th century, blue and white transferware printed serving dishes by Clews, various scenes

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