Clews Staffordshire Pottery

A Staffordshire pottery pearlware dark blue transferware printed plate, floral border, Winter view of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. (Pittsfield Elm), James & Ralph Clews

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A Staffordshire blue transferware platter, Wilkes Series, The Errand Boy, James & Ralph Clews

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An Historical blue transferware Staffordshire pottery pearlware pitcher City Hall, New York, and Insane Assylum, James and Ralph Clews, 1821 to 1836, and Entrance of Erie Canal into the Hudson River washbowl or basin by Enoch Wood and Sons

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An Historical blue transferware Staffordshire pottery Peace and Plenty platter, 19th century, impressed James & Ralph Clews

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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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