1840's Methodist John Wesley Pearlware Staffordshire Figure w/ Bible
Here is a beautiful old original antique John Wesley religion or religious figure made in Staffordshire England. The condition is clean and bright. It has crazing consistent with age and firing flaws. You can see the blue pearlware hue in the glaze where it pools at his robe and feet.
John holds a bible and is preaching a service. There is a small unglazed part of the bible between the pages, as seen in scan, more firing imperfection. He wears a black robe, and an outer white robe and has long hair.
John Wesley 1703-1791 was an English theologian who was a leader of a revival movement known as Methodism within the early Church of England. After his 1791 death, his movement became the Methodist movement known as Wesleyan or Wesleyanism.
What is English pearlware pottery? It is an earthenware dating from 1774-1830, the Georgian era in England. A lovely soft glossy pottery with an overall faint blue/grey tint derived from a touch of cobalt blue in the glaze. This cool blue tinge gives a whiter china appearance than the earlier yellow creamware. Historically, Josiah Wedgwood was seen as the inventor of pearlware with his 1779 "Pearl White" line. It is now known that other 18th century firms were producing pearlware in the 4-5 years prior, known as "pearl blue" and "china glaze" in the early pottery trade. Eventually these early terms fell out of use for the word pearlware in the 19th century.
This beautiful old late Georgian, early Victorian religious figure was found in Totnes, Devon, England. He measures 7.25 inches tall and is a thick, chunky and heavy old pottery figural, and a collectible early pearlware piece.
Size: 7.25 inches tall
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