Location and period of operation:
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