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Wade Ceramics

Headquartered in the town of Etruria in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Wade Ceramics originally debuted in the late 1860s. Nearly a century later, the conglomerated Wade Potteries Limited was born, ushering in an era of production for which the brand is arguably best known.

Beginning as an assembly of smaller factories all owned by members of the Wade family, Wade Ceramics started out as a producer of industrial ceramics. Experiencing success into the early 20th century, Colonel Sir George Wade took control of the company and began expanding the number of plants and offerings. Most significant was his development of the line that would become known as Whimsies, or Whimsical Wades, one of their most successful lines and the most in demand with collectors today.

Incorporating a variety of figurines, vases, and jugs in the shape of animal and human figures, these Whimsies debuted in the '30s and grew in scope over the subsequent decades, as did the acclaim for Wade's wares. Today, Wade Ceramics continues to be heralded as a hub of artistic excellence among contemporary collectors.


Quick Facts

  • Wade Ceramics hosted a wide range of talented ceramic designers over the years. Among them were prominent German sculptor Faust Emanuel Lang and Lesley McKinnon, granddaughter of British Prime Minister Ramsey MacDonald
  • In the late '60s, Red Rose Tea company commissioned Wade Ceramics for a special line of various Whimsy figurines to be placed in specially marketed boxes of their tea in Canada
  • A recent and frequently seen Wade Ceramics creation is the Gurgling Cod jug, also known as the Gluggle Jug, featuring a fish with its mouth open and bent back on itself to create a connected "S" shape

Recommended Items at Auction

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~40 ASST/ WADE ENGLAND MINIATURE FIGURES
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
~40 ASST/ WADE ENGLAND MINIATURE FIGURES
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$103 Bids
~98 ASST. WADE ENGLAND MINIATURE PORCELAIN FIGURES
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
~98 ASST. WADE ENGLAND MINIATURE PORCELAIN FIGURES
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
VINTAGE SIGNED WADE MADE IN ENGLAND ELEPHANT
Dec 16, 11:45 AM EST
VINTAGE SIGNED WADE MADE IN ENGLAND ELEPHANT
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $80- $300
$120 Bids
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31pc Vintage Wade England Porcelain Noah�s Ark Set
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
31pc Vintage Wade England Porcelain Noah�s Ark Set
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Wade Boggs Figurine in Devil Rays Uniform
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
Wade Boggs Figurine in Devil Rays Uniform
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $30- $300
$300 Bids
Lot of 3 Wade Figurines
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Lot of 3 Wade Figurines
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Lot Of 3 Wade Figurines
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Lot Of 3 Wade Figurines
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Lot of 5 Wade Figurines
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
Lot of 5 Wade Figurines
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A Pair of Wade Fishes
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Pair of Wade Fishes
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Pair of Wade Polarbears
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Pair of Wade Polarbears
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
~27 ASST. WADE ENGLAND MINIATURE PORCELAIN FIGURES
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
~27 ASST. WADE ENGLAND MINIATURE PORCELAIN FIGURES
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Wade Ceramics


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

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Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers

Lion and Unicorn

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