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Samuel Alcock

Samuel Alcock vases

There’s a certain style that defines the late Regency and early Victorian era, when the designers looked beyond the classically inspired Regency designs and re-visited the curves and flourishes of the Rococo.  One manufacturer who excelled at this was Samuel Alcock.

He began his own production of pottery in 1828 at Cobridge, and opened another works at the Hill Top Works in Burslem, which he took over from Riley. Some time in the 1830’s he began to manufacture porcelain as well as pottery, and went on to produce a wide variety of pieces decorated by printing, painting, and elaborately applied 3d flowers.

The porcelain is a beautiful bone china mixture which is distinctive enough to be identified on its own when compared to contemporaries such as Daniels or Minton. Decoration included bold ground colours, well painted fruit & flowers, and finely detailed scenes, embellished with good gilding. Marks are rare (on porcelain in particular) but a pattern number will usually be evident. These numbers quickly increased, and a fractional pattern number was introduced,  ie. 1/1234.
Samuel died in 1848, having built up a reputation as one of the better manufacturers of the Staffordshire Potteries. His firm closed the following decade.

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