Pair of Early Prattware Figures


A pair of early Prattware figures, made in England circa 1800, these naive figures were deaccessioned from Colonial Williamsburg (each figure has its accession number in red ink on the inside).

The potter’s relatively incompetent representations result in a certain primitive charm.

We see a pair of Prattware figures of young women each standing on a square base. One figure is carrying a canary in its cage. The other figure holds a parasol and wears a spotted dress. This figure with hand brushed letter “P” on back and with hand brushed letters on base.

Prattware figures were popular because they were charming and something that the middle class could afford. Prattware figures often told a story. Here each lady carries an object, the two young women are out for a walk, one carries a parasol indicating fair weather. The other woman wears a yellow dress which is a color of spring and carries a canary.


H 5.25 in. x W 2 in. x D 1.8 in.


Excellent. The bottom edge of the base of one figure has a minute chip.


$600 for the pair


For a further discussion of Pratt figures see Prattware English and Scottish relief decorated and underglaze colored earthenware 1780-1840 by J. and G. Lewis, Chapter 16 “Figures and Animals”.

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