This is an English Staffordshire lidded vase that is decorated with two prints of the Cries of London series. The maker is William Adams & Sons, one of the Stafforshire potteries, Turnstall and Stoke. The date is circa 1896 to 1910.

The material is a soft paste porcelain or earthenware.

The vase is 9 ¾” high to the top of the finial and 4 ½” wide at the body.

The vase or urn reflects the light, so there are a lot of light glares in the photos.

The Cries of London are a series of prints by the artist, William Marshall Craig. The prints depict life on the streets of London among those who were struggling to survive in the early 1800s; they were called street traders and sold anything they could to earn money.

There are two prints, one on the front of the vase and one on the back. The first print shows a family and their dog pushing a handcart on the cobblestones and the Cry is “Hot Spicy … Smoking Hot.” There is a middle word, what they are selling, and it might be gingerbread, otherwise I don’t have a clue what it is they are selling. Above the Cry are the words “Painted by F Wheatley. R.A.” To the right are more words that I can’t read and above “Engraved by Vengamini.”

The print on the opposing side shows a female trying to sell things on a tray to two ladies in an open door of a house. The cry is, I think, “New Mackerel New Mackerel” with Painted By above and to the right another foreign phrase that I can’t read and another Engraved By somebody or another.

The background color is a greenish-beige. There is an enameled pattern at the foot and a brown pattern around the neck and on top of the lid and on the finial with bands of green and brown. There is green enamel on the mouth, which shows one small nicks and wear from the lid resting on it. There is some discoloration wear under the lid. The glaze is lightly crazed. There are no other chips, nicks or cracks.

The printed mark on the bottom is Adams Tunstall England. There is an impressed mark of Adams Tunstall. There is a hand enameled red squiggle.

Pottery, Staffordshire
Beige, Black, Brown, Green
England • English
Vases, Urns

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English Staffordshire Cries of London Lidded Vase Urn Adams c 1896 – 1910

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