William Kent






 

Location and period of operation:

William Kent

Burslem

1894

1944

 (See sources)

Earthenware manufacturer, particularly of 'Staffordshire Ware figures' - dogs etc. 

Formerly: Kent & Parr (1880-1894) 

Continued as: William Kent (Porcelains) Ltd (1944-62) 

 

"In 1894, the firm [of Kent & Parr] became William Kent and the works [Wellington Street Works] were named the Novelty Works. 
The same type of Staffordshire earthenware figures and animals were produced into the twentieth century. An advertisement of 1904 reads: 


'... SPECIALITIES: OLD STAFFORDSHIRE FIGURES. SPECIAL LINES IN TOBY JUGS, SPANIEL DOGS, POODLES, HOUNDS, COLLIES, PUGS, HORSEMEN, COWS, &c. &c....’ 

A page from a twentieth-century Kent catalogue showing typical models is reproduced below. It includes several that are reissues of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century figures. 
These Kent “Staffordshire” figures are unmarked."

Jewitt "Ceramic Art of Great Britain


A page from a twentieth-century Kent catalogue showing typical models
that have been produced for very many years.

  


The above information may not be available
for all potters - if you have information to
help complete the records then I would be
happy to include it.

email: Steve Birks

updated: 9 Feb 2003