A common potters mark or symbol can be found on large quantities of Staffordshire pottery & porcelain. The Staffordshire knot mark, as it is known, consists of a three loop knot constructed from a length of rope. Often with a set of initials within the knot loops and sometimes a crown above the knot.
How do you identify Staffordshire figures?
Look for signs such as poorly applied colour and gilding. If the hole at the base is large this is a clear indication of a reproduction. The earlier figures have smaller holes to let the air out. If the base is flat and unglazed they are fakes.
Is Staffordshire pottery worth anything?
Values vary widely ranging from $500 to several thousands of dollars for each piece depending on many different factors. Staffordshire pieces were exhibited at Worlds Fairs and public exhibitions like the Panama Pacific Expo of 1915.
How do you identify studio pottery marks?
Some common marks include the studio where the piece was made, the potter who crafted the piece, and the signature of the artist who decorated it. A form number and identification of the clay type may also be included. Reference books can help you identify unfamiliar marks.
Is Staffordshire pottery still made?
Royal Stafford is based in the Royal Overhouse Manufactory, one of the oldest pottery factories in Burslem, the Mother Town of the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent. We are one of only a handful of potteries where all production still takes place in England.
How can you tell good pottery?
A good pot will be generous of form, its shape asking to be held and its weight reassuringly present in your hands. In most domestic ware pots, good form will translate to good function too: a well-thrown jug wont be too heavy when it holds water, its handle easy to clasp and pleasant to the touch.
Why is Staffordshire famous for pottery?
The main pottery types of earthenware, stoneware and porcelain were all made in large quantities, and the Staffordshire industry was a major innovator in developing new varieties of ceramic bodies such as bone china and jasperware, as well as pioneering transfer printing and other glazing and decorating techniques.
Is pottery Still Made in Stoke?
The industry has remained in the area thanks to the skills of the local people and today, ceramics is a modern industry and Stoke-on-Trent is still famous for its quality ware which is sold all over the world.