Learn about Carlton Ware

The Carlton Ware works were set up about 1890 by James Frederick Wiltshaw, James Alcock Robinson & William Herbert Robinson in Stoke-on-Trent, and Carlton Ware was adopted as a trade name in 1894.

About 1890 the company introduced its "Blush Ware" range, with floral designs on delicate pastel coloured backgrounds, sometimes with gilded additions.

In 1911 the partnership was dissolved and James Frederick Wiltshaw became the sole proprietor.

During the 1920s, the company became known for its Art Deco lustre wares, which command high prices today.

Many of the patterns were of imaginative geometric and stylised floral designs, some using Egyptian and oriental influences, such as the highly collectable ‘Tutenkahmen’ and ‘Mikado’ ranges.

The "Handcraft" range introduced in 1928 offered modern freehand painted designs with matt glazes which distinguished them from other manufacturers of the time using similar designs. more...
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A striking Carlton Ware 'River Fish' jug, circa 1935, also known as 'Shabunkin' pattern 3971, the barrel form jug with a gilded bracket handle and a waisted base, decorated with an underglazed modulating green ground, a vibrantly top enamelled fish with gi

A striking Carlton Ware 'River Fish' rectangular plate, circa 1935, also known as 'Shabunkin' pattern 3971, on a modulating green ground with underglaze painting and a vibrantly top enamelled fish with gilt and enamel reeds; stamp underside, also the paper

A Carlton Ware Rouge Royale vase, circa 1980, the rouge ovoid body decorated with Chinese pheasants amongst flowers. Stamped to base. Height 13 cm