Rare Dated Oval Enameled Pearlware Plaque, 1795, molded in low relief with a potter at a throwing wheel turned by a boy turning a larger wheel, another boy kneading clay, painted in polychrome enamels, reverse with hand painted inscription “Model’d (sic) in the year 1795 by J Williams & Colour’d (sic) by H. Clarke.” 6 ½”, applied paper labels – “This man Made the Set of China to order at the Old Bristol Pottery for wedding present to Nellie’s mother a gift from her uncle Deius (?).” “Dear Friend, Mr. John Bennett, Coal Merch’t says one John Williams was the manager at the Bristol Pottery in 1860, also.” 

RPW00408            SOLD

If we are to believe what has been enameled on the reverse the only J. Williams of this period working Bristol that I have so far found is a John Williams II, who is recorded by Reg Jackson in the Burgess (Freedom) Books, for 16th June, 1792, as being a free potter who had been apprenticed to Richard Frank and then Elizabeth Ring.   

A few decades earlier in 1749, there was a John Williams I, The son of Thomas Williams of Bristol, victualler, who is recorded in the apprentice enrollment books and apprentice rough entry books as being an apprentice to Thomas II and Bathsheba Cantle on 9thSeptember.  Whether this was a relation of John Williams II is not known.  

There was also a John Williams III , who married Hannah Howard, a widow of St. Mary Redcliffe parish on 26th May, 1817 (recorded in the Temple Church Parish registers) and who is also recorded as being a potter, aged about 50 in 1820-22 (Methodist Class Book.)

Courtesy of Reg Jackson… https://www.bristolpottersandpotteries.org.uk/potters-list7

Staffordshire Pearlware Mug, c.1800, transfer printed design by John Aynsley, Lane End, with ‘The Pig & the Pot a Tale’ in six verses, cylindrical form, 4¾.“  Chips under base.  

           RPW00415              $2,600


The Pig and the Pot a Tale.


Young Roger was a Farmer lad, and courted buxom Nancy, A form and maner Roger had, to tickle a maids – fancy.  His face was rosy, white and red, his back was broad and brawney, but whilst he sigh’d and nothing said his Nancy thought him sawney.


Till home one evening from the fair, together fondly toiling, with ale and cake and dancing there, his youthfull blood all boiling. “said Nancy t’wee a tedious bout to foot it round the road way, suppose we take a nearer rout, and let’;s go home the wood way.


I think one need not fear at all, when there’s a man do near one, or there one might for everbawl, and nobody could hear one. Still Roger grinn’d but nothing spoke, that seem’d to mean as she meant, and through the wood their way they took, as if by old agreement.


Each underarm a purchase bore, the lack of either cottage, he a young pig to swell his store, a kettle she for pottage.  On each the settling sunbeams play’d, a sumer eve most pleasant, to sympathy attun’d the maid, to generous warmth the peasant.


I hope said she you want be rude, because the place is lonely, for what could I do if you should, a helplds maiden only.  No fear of that said Roger cool, top play up any rig here: I wonder who would be the fool, if I should lose my pig here.


tis well said she the pig youv’e got, but should the devil afiist you, to put your pig beneath my pot _ Lord! How should I resist you. The pig was potted you may swear, and Nancy blest the dear day, with Roger still attends the fair and still comes home the near way. 

(For something similar - https://twitter.com/Prints_on_Pots/status/887879027716837376 )

RPW00180 - Staffordshire Tortoiseshell Creamware King of Prussia Plate - 3.jpg

Staffordshire Whieldon-Type Creamware King of Prussia Plate, 1756-1763, molded in low-relief with "Success to the King of Prussia and his forces", alternating with the bust the King of Prussia, an eagle, drum, cannon, and a flag.  9 ½” diam. 

                           RPW00180                                                                 Enquire


Rare Staffordshire Creamware Tea Canister, c.1760, probably Thomas Whieldon Fenton Vivian, with molded panels of a stork with a snake, a gardener and a fox, a mill house and a cockerel by a well, 4½".   Glaze wear to edges, minor chips, restoration to neck.   

                         RPW00241                                                                  Enquire


The Property of the late Stanley Hedges, Esq

Jim & Nancy Dine Collection

Troy D. Chappell Collection

Sotheby's, London, The Property of the late Stanley Hedges, Esq, sold April 17th, 1974. Lot: 184.  Sotheby's, New York, Collection of Jim & Nancy Dine, sold October 20th, 1997, Lot: 11.   

For a similarly made tea canister, see Sotheby’s, New York, The Harriet Goldweitz Collection, January 20th 2006, Lot: 146. Pg. 178.

For a discussion on the chicken and the well panel, see – D. Edwards & R. Hampson. 'White Salt Glazed Stoneware of the British Isles', p. 138.  Fig, 114.  Tile, press moulded white salt-glaze stoneware.  Examples of tiles are rare and some shards of similar tiles were excavated at the Fenton Vivian site of Thomas Whieldon.  Also for a discussion on the stork and snake design, the wasters are illustrated in Leslie B. Grigsby, English Pottery 1650-1800, The Henry H. Weldon Collection, p.254, No. 142.  Further illustrations of the hen and chicks can be found in Charles F. C. Luxmore, English Saltglazed Earthenware, pl. 88.


Staffordshire Creamware Pug Dog, c.1760, press molded, seated on its haunches, under a mottled green glaze, 3”, chips of base.

        RPW00412            $1,200

Provenance – The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA.

See – English Pottery Stoneware & Earthenware, 1650-1800, The Henry Weldon Collection,Leslie B. Grigsby, pg, 346, Illus 200. 

Two Staffordshire Redware & Creamware Satyr Mask Wall Pockets, c.1770, molded with a satyr head below a dolphin mask, 6 ½”.  Restored chips to rim, cracks to back.  Other repaired back, corner, mouth & nose.    

                           RPW00193                                                                 $950

Whieldon-type Cow Creamer & Cover with Calf, c.1755-65, rectangular scalloped shaped base,  4¾“.  Tail and horns restored

RW000125    $1,850

Provenance – Boswell & Ward. London.      

Whieldon-type Cow Creamer & Cover with Calf, c.1755/65, rectangular floral molded shaped base, 4½“.    Tail and one horn restored.    

 RW00126      $2,000


See – The Property of Brigadier S. James L. Hill, Sotheby’s, 6thDecember 1977, lot, 126.

Staffordshire Creamware model of a Cat, c.1790, modeled seated on its haunches with ochre speckling, 5”.    Restoration to ear, crack to foot rim.

RPW00197 $380