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Carlton Ware Pottery

One of the most celebrated producers of pottery to emerge from Stoke-on-Trent, England, Carlton Ware is recognized the world over for its highly decorative pieces, often featuring vibrant colors and luscious fruits. From Carlton Ware plates and dishes to promotional ceramics such as the Guinness toucan, Carlton Ware has captivated collectors for more than a century.

Formed out of a collaborative effort between James Frederick Wiltshaw and brothers William Herbert and James Alcock Robinson, the pottery company first opened in 1890 and took the name "Carlton Ware" only four years later. Wishing to distinguish themselves from the other producers in the region, Carlton Ware set out to create vibrantly decorated pieces adorned with extensive hand painting and bold forms. At first they marketed primarily to the tourist market, but as their acclaim grew, Carlton Ware expanded into more housewares.

Today, collectors still clamor for pieces from Carlton Ware’s lines. They seek out pieces from its first "Blush Ware" line to its cutting-edge contemporary "Windswept" and "Triform" lines of the '50s and '60s.


Quick Facts

  • The Carlton Ware manufacturing facility closed down in 1992 after over a century in business
  • One of Carlton Ware’s most lauded lines was produced in the '20s. Celebrating archaeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of the famed tomb of Tutankhamen, the line mimicked Egyptian motifs and amplified their luster with a new glazing process
  • The longest running line of Carlton Ware dishes was launched in the '30s. Showcasing a variety of floriated motifs, the line, known as “Chintz,” continued production well into the '60s

Recommended Items at Auction

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Carlton Ware "Rouge Royale" Sketching Bird Mantel Vase - enamel and gold decoration. 11.5cm high
Nov 30, 7:00 PM AEDT
Carlton Ware "Rouge Royale" Sketching Bird Mantel Vase - enamel and gold decoration. 11.5cm high
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD505 Bids
Carlton Armand Lustre Ware Butterfly PorcelainVase
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
Carlton Armand Lustre Ware Butterfly PorcelainVase
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Carlton ware leaf moulded pottery lobster pattern ware
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
Carlton ware leaf moulded pottery lobster pattern ware
by Martel Maides
Est: £50- £60
£400 Bids
Pair Carltonware Children figures with gold bases, Girl Millennium figure and Schoolboy, boxed. (2)
Dec 09, 10:00 AM GMT
Pair Carltonware Children figures with gold bases, Girl Millennium figure and Schoolboy, boxed. (2)
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £20- £40
£200 Bids
Carlton Ware Figure The Jester , limited edition of 500
Dec 09, 10:00 AM GMT
Carlton Ware Figure The Jester , limited edition of 500
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £30- £60
£300 Bids
Carltonware Mushroom Theme Novelty Condiment set
Dec 09, 10:00 AM GMT
Carltonware Mushroom Theme Novelty Condiment set
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £30- £60
£300 Bids
Carltonware Rouge Royal Cabinet Cups & Saucers
Dec 10, 10:00 AM GMT
Carltonware Rouge Royal Cabinet Cups & Saucers
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £30- £60
£300 Bids
Vintage Carlton Cards Heirloom Collection, Just in Time for 2000, Special Edition, MIB
Dec 07, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Carlton Cards Heirloom Collection, Just in Time for 2000, Special Edition, MIB
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$30 Bids
CHINESE INSPIRED GREEN LUSTRE CARLTON WARE VASE
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CST
CHINESE INSPIRED GREEN LUSTRE CARLTON WARE VASE
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $50- $150
$250 Bids
A Carltonware Small Dish
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
A Carltonware Small Dish
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Lot of Two Carltonware
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Lot of Two Carltonware
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A Carltonware, England Smal Dish
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
A Carltonware, England Smal Dish
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Lot of Two Carltonware Dish/Bowl
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Lot of Two Carltonware Dish/Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $35- $350
$350 Bids
A Carltonware Vegetable Bowl
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
A Carltonware Vegetable Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
A Carltonware Cup and Saucer
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
A Carltonware Cup and Saucer
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
Lot of 2 Carltonware
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Lot of 2 Carltonware
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Carlton Ware Pottery


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