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Shelley China

Shelley began producing china as Wileman & Co. in the 1820s. Founded by the Shelley family in Staffordshire, Shelley is known primarily for their tableware in thousands of different patterns and colors. They are perhaps best known for their Art Deco ware of the inter-war years, which was also created using bone china. Smaller pieces, such as cups and saucers, were often made of bone china.

Shelley's most productive years were between the mid-'20s and World War II: the Art Deco period. The various shapes designed on the pieces they produced were very well received. Another factor for their success during this period was the increased bone content in the china, enhancing the quality. Breaking with tradition in the '20s, Shelley hired several illustrators to create designs for various series. Illustrator Hilda Cowham created the Playtime series, which represented various children's activities. Other themes created by other artists depicted seaside scenes, animals, and elves. These nursery wares sold very well.

At the start of World War II, Shelley china production was greatly affected by the restrictions imposed on the china-making industry. Shortages of labor and material were followed by a ban on decorated ware. These restrictions remained in effect through the end of the war. In 1966, Shelley was sold to Allied English Potteries.


Quick Facts

  • Shelley named each of their cup designs with names such as Bute, Ovide, and Dainty
  • In 1925, the official name of the company changed from Wileman & Co. to Shelley
  • For a short time after they were bought by Allied English Potteries, a few Shelley shapes and patterns were produced and named Richmond

Recommended Items at Auction

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5 x Shelley trios- Forget Me Nots, English made. Largest plate is 15.5cm Dia.
Apr 25, 7:00 PM AEST
5 x Shelley trios- Forget Me Nots, English made. Largest plate is 15.5cm Dia.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD904 Bids
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3X SHELLEY ART DECO VASES, SOME MINOR WEAR
Apr 26, 9:00 AM AEST
3X SHELLEY ART DECO VASES, SOME MINOR WEAR
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD302 Bids
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6X SHELLEY DAINTY DUOS + CAKE PLATE + EXTRA PLATE
Apr 26, 9:00 AM AEST
6X SHELLEY DAINTY DUOS + CAKE PLATE + EXTRA PLATE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD152 Bids
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4pc Shelley Bone China Jewelry Trays
May 02, 2:00 PM EDT
4pc Shelley Bone China Jewelry Trays
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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Shelley Porcelain Mini Cup and Saucer Set
May 02, 2:00 PM EDT
Shelley Porcelain Mini Cup and Saucer Set
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
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3X SHELLEY TRIOS INC. ROCK GARDEN CHINTZ + A DAFFODIL PIN DISH
Apr 26, 9:00 AM AEST
3X SHELLEY TRIOS INC. ROCK GARDEN CHINTZ + A DAFFODIL PIN DISH
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
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SHELLEY ART DECO COMPORT
Apr 26, 9:00 AM AEST
SHELLEY ART DECO COMPORT
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
A STYLISH ART DECO SHELLEY PORCELAIN COFFEE SERVICE.Largest 18cm x 16 cm. (qty)
Apr 23, 10:00 AM BST
A STYLISH ART DECO SHELLEY PORCELAIN COFFEE SERVICE.Largest 18cm x 16 cm. (qty)
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £80- £120
£600 Bids
Vintage Shelley Bone China Pansy 13823 Cup & Saucer
Apr 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Vintage Shelley Bone China Pansy 13823 Cup & Saucer
by Denise Ryan Auction Co.
Est: $25- $500
$100 Bids
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54pc Shelley Bone China Serv. for 8 Dinnerware, Rosebud
Apr 25, 2:00 PM EDT
54pc Shelley Bone China Serv. for 8 Dinnerware, Rosebud
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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5pc Shelley Bone China Serve Ware, Stocks
Apr 25, 2:00 PM EDT
5pc Shelley Bone China Serve Ware, Stocks
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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54pc Shelley Bone China Dinnerware Set, Stocks
Apr 25, 2:00 PM EDT
54pc Shelley Bone China Dinnerware Set, Stocks
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Shelley Fine Bone China Tea Cup and Saucer Set
May 02, 2:00 PM EDT
Shelley Fine Bone China Tea Cup and Saucer Set
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Shelley Fine Bone China Plate, Woodland
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Shelley Fine Bone China Plate, Woodland
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$10 Bids
Shelley England Fine Bone China Cake Plate
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Shelley England Fine Bone China Cake Plate
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$10 Bids
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8pc Shelley Bone China Server Ware, Rosebud
Apr 25, 2:00 PM EDT
8pc Shelley Bone China Server Ware, Rosebud
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Shelley China


Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Albion Antique Auction Centre

Albion Antique Auction Centre

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery

Bargain Hunt Auctions

Bargain Hunt Auctions