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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

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LOT OF 9 - VINTAGE WADE FIGURINES, VERY NICE
Nov 07, 1:00 PM EDT
LOT OF 9 - VINTAGE WADE FIGURINES, VERY NICE
by Simonetta Auction Service
Est: $10- $30
$41 Bid
Figures and animals by Wade of England
Nov 01, 11:30 PM EDT
Figures and animals by Wade of England
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $40- $50
$250 Bids
Figures and animals by Wade of England
Nov 01, 11:30 PM EDT
Figures and animals by Wade of England
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $40- $50
$250 Bids
LOT OF 9 - VINTAGE WADE FIGURINES, VERY NICE
Nov 07, 1:00 PM EDT
LOT OF 9 - VINTAGE WADE FIGURINES, VERY NICE
by Simonetta Auction Service
Est: $10- $30
$40 Bids
LOT OF 9 - VINTAGE WADE FIGURINES, VERY NICE
Nov 07, 1:00 PM EDT
LOT OF 9 - VINTAGE WADE FIGURINES, VERY NICE
by Simonetta Auction Service
Est: $10- $30
$40 Bids
2 John Wade "Reflections" Modernist Prints
Nov 06, 12:30 PM EDT
2 John Wade "Reflections" Modernist Prints
by Smith Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Lot of 3 Wade Figurines
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Lot of 3 Wade Figurines
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Lot of 3 Wade Figurines
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Lot of 3 Wade Figurines
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Pair of Wade Manatee
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
A Pair of Wade Manatee
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Pair of Wade Fishes
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
A Pair of Wade Fishes
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Pair of Wade Polarbears
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
A Pair of Wade Polarbears
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Pair of Wade Wolves
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
A Pair of Wade Wolves
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Lot of 5 Wade Figurines
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Lot of 5 Wade Figurines
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
Wade Boggs Figurine in Devil Rays Uniform
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Wade Boggs Figurine in Devil Rays Uniform
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $30- $300
$300 Bids

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