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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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Pair of 1930's Shelley tea cup Trios
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEDT
Pair of 1930's Shelley tea cup Trios
by Kim's Auction
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD401 Bid
Oil on Canvas, Portrait of Mary Shelley
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Oil on Canvas, Portrait of Mary Shelley
by Nye & Company
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
Collection of Shelley
Oct 25, 7:00 PM AEDT
Collection of Shelley
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
A Shelley Queen Anne 'Blue Iris' pattern tea set,
Oct 28, 10:00 AM BST
A Shelley Queen Anne 'Blue Iris' pattern tea set,
by Cheffins
Est: £150- £250
£1500 Bids
Oil on Canvas, Portrait of Percy Shelley
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Oil on Canvas, Portrait of Percy Shelley
by Nye & Company
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
Shelley Muzylowski-Allen
Nov 11, 9:00 AM EST
Shelley Muzylowski-Allen
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7500 Bids
A Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
A Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
A Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
A Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
A Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
A Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Rare Shelley Octagon Ceramic Bowl
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
A Rare Shelley Octagon Ceramic Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
A Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Rare Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
A Rare Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Rare Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
A Rare Miniature Shelley Cup and Saucer
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
19 piece lot assorted English china including Johnstone, Shelley and Grafton
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEST
19 piece lot assorted English china including Johnstone, Shelley and Grafton
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD100 Bids
Six Shelley Demitasse Cups & Saucers with Gilt Detail
Oct 31, 11:00 AM AEDT
Six Shelley Demitasse Cups & Saucers with Gilt Detail
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1000 Bids
Three Shelley cups and saucers, Anemone, Bridesmaid and dainty (3)
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Three Shelley cups and saucers, Anemone, Bridesmaid and dainty (3)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Shelley China


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Nye & Company

Nye & Company

Vickers & Hoad

Vickers & Hoad

Brunk Auctions

Brunk Auctions