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Most were made from ordinary lead-glazed earthenware, although some were fashioned from porcellaneous creamware, pearlware or prattware.They were intended as an affordable alternative to the expensive porcelain figures produced at the Meissen, Nymphenburg, Chelsea and Derby porcelain factories.Some superb examples will be on sale at the Bonhams auction.So, what exactly are they and what are the differences between early and late?Some of the estimates from the Bonhams sale will give you an idea of prices.There's an exotic water buffalo with rider from 1760 at £600-£800. A nesting bird group from 1820 is priced at £500-£700. This is information every keen porcelain collector should know.
In addition to exotic animals, which also include lions and tigers, there are also wild and farmyard animals and domestic pets.As porcelain makers began using the Devonshire white clay their porcelain formulations became known as soft-paste or salt-glazed porcelain.This process produced a sturdy utilitarian type of porcelain and was the predominate output for many years.It is also worth noting that while well-known makers of the early figures include Thomas Whieldon, Ralph Wood, and William and Felix Pratt, numerous small-scale makers are long lost to anonymity.Because few figures bear marks of identification, collectors must use their eyes, experience and intuition to establish provenance.
On Wednesday, the Bond Street auction house is selling the entire stock, some 800 lots, of the legendary antique dealers Sampson and Horne. For decades, Horne and his late business partner, Alistair Sampson, were acknowledged worldwide as the pre-eminent dealers in early British pottery and English country furniture.