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 Carlton Ware bowl with Red Devil Pattern (Mephistopheles). Original paper label to base, circa 1935, 23.5 cm diameter

Carltoware Rouge Royale tea set, comprising teapot, sugar bowl, creamer, seven demi tasse and saucers, in deep red and accented in gilt

A pair of Australian design Carlton Ware pin dishes, in the form of clamshells, 2 x 13 x 10 cm

Two pieces of 'Pagoda' Rouge Royale Carlton Ware, comprising a bud vase & small twin handled dish

Carlton Ware rouge royale shallow bowl, decorated with hand painted ducks and flowering plants, 26 cm wide

An early Carlton Ware Stroke on Trent handpainted serving bowl and matching silver-plated serving fork and spoon

A Carlton Ware salad bowl and serving spoon, with a small Carlton Ware side plate (3), Dia. 23 cm bowl.

Carlton Ware 'Vert Royale' coffee set for six persons comprising a lidded sugar bowl, creamer, with six cups & saucers. Condition, good, minor crazing to the bases, height of sugar bowl, 10.5 cm

A Wilton Ware lustre vase and a Carlton Ware dish, 1920s-30s and after, the baluster vase with a short neck with transfer design vegetal borders and body design of cranes and foliage upon a mauve and aqua mottled lustre ground; and an Art Deco shaped Carlt

A Carlton Ware triangular form hand painted bowl with stylised flowers

Handpainted Carltonware Rouge Royale bowl, approx 30.5 by 18 cm

A Carlton Ware 'Garden' Revo bowl, 1930-31, production period, pattern number 3477, with tall and bending spires of flowers in shades of blue, green, maroon and lilac with contrasting centres and bold upright foliage against a sponged yellow ground

A Carlton Ware 'Chinese Bird and Cloud' pedestal bowl, 1929, production period, pattern 3327, with two cartouches each richly decorated with a phoenix style bird in flight amidst a lemon cloud embroidered with fine gilt overlay, with a gilt brocade

Carlton Ware 'Rouge Royale' new Stork pattern bowl of oval form with a single pedestal collet foot, stamped to the base. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Length 31 cm

A Carlton Ware 'Bleu Royale' dish with butterfly decoration

A W&R Carlton Ware 'Tutankhamen' footed fruit bowl, circa 1923/4, pattern 2711, with design attributed to Enoch Boulton, in response to the discovery in 1922 of Tutankhamen's tomb by Howard Carter. Gilt and enamelled Egyptian imagery and hieroglyphs centre

A W&R Carlton Ware 'Hibiscus in cornucopia' dish, early 20th century, the apricot blushware square dish with an undulating rim decorated to the body with floral sprays below moulded pale green and tan borders and a curvaceous ribbon of gilded dots and scro

An early Carlton Ware 'Persian' Lustre Ware twin-handled footed dish 7 cm high, 30 cm wide x 18 cm deep cm

Five Carlton Ware bowls & dishes 24 cm wide (largest) approx

Four Carltonware pieces including gravy boat, dishes & basket

Three Carlton Ware foxglove bowls 27 cm wide (largest) approx

Five Carlton Ware apple blossom bowls 24 cm wide (largest) approx

Five Carlton Ware foxglove shallow bowls 18 cm - 24 cm wide approx

Carlton Ware 'Spider's Web' coffee service comprising a coffee pot, lidded sugar bowl, creamer & six coffee cups & saucers decorated with spiders web cobwebs with fruiting berries, harebells & dragonflies to a pale green lustre ground. Condition fair, subs

Two Carlton Ware foxglove bowls being a footed bowl 28 cm wide approx, and another with discoloured crazing

Four Carlton Ware serving dishes & a jug with under plate, 24 cm wide (widest) approx

Three pieces of Carlton Ware foxglove pattern comprising of a cruet set, sauce boat and under plate, together with a bowl

A Carlton Ware 'Devil's Copse' Revo bowl, circa 1933 period, pattern 3817 with design attributed to violet Elmer. The bowl jewelled with exotic and fantastic blooms beside a twisted tree with pendant tracery and watching eyes in enamel colours and gilt upo

A Carlton Ware 'Bluebells' Revo bowl, 1934-1939, pattern 3872. in rich ultramarine blue softening to mauve and aqua tones and decorated with bluebells in pink, aqua and purple amidst primulas and green and gold leaves upon a mottled rouge and finely gilded

A Carlton Ware 'Lace cap Hydraenga' bowl, circa 1935, pattern 3969, with design attributed to violet Elmer, the Revo bowl with jewelled flowers in pastel tones with ruby and fine gilded skeletal leaves upon a mottled lustre pink and silver blue ground; wit

Carlton Ware Art Deco 'Handcraft' bowl, with delphiniums decoration, 25.5 cm wide approx

Two vintage Carltonware dishes both retain factory paper labels

A 'Bell' dish by Carlton Ware, 1933, pattern 3774; square dish shape, design attributed to Violet Elmer. a highly coloured and richly jewelled design depicting sprays of bell flowers and other stylised blooms between brocaded and gilded shapes upon a yello

An 'Egyptian Fan' dish by Carlton Ware, 1932-1933, pattern 3696, 'Revo' bowl shape, design attributed to Violet Elmer, the shaped lozenge dish jewelled and gilded with a stylised arc shaped fan flanked by towers of hollyhock style flowers and other spiral