The History of Fieldings Crown Devon Pottery

We sell many different Crown Devon pieces at auction here at Potteries Auctions. Their items are still very collectable today, with some fetching a very handsome price at auction. Find out more about the history of Fieldings Crown Devon and popular Crown Devon items. 

The Crown Devon journey began in 1870 when Simon Fielding invested in the Railway Works on Sutherland Street, Stoke on Trent, but within a short period of time the bailiffs came in and the firm was rescued by Simon’s son, Abraham.

They then began to produce the popular Majolica glazed pottery under the S. Fielding & Co backstamp. As orders flourished in the late 1880s, Crown Devon produced their popular Vellum range, which rivalled Doulton’s Spanish ware and Royal Worcester’s blush ivory ware, and was exported to many countries worldwide.

A Crown Devon Fielding Fairyland Castle Vase and a Crown Devon Fieldings Art Deco vase, both sold at auction by Potteries Auctions

Lot 8 – A Crown Devon Fielding Vase in the Fairyland Castle design, sold for £170 at a Collectors & General Auction back in September 2013. And Lot 395 – A Crown Devon Fieldings Art Deco vase, sold for £80 at our Janaury 2020 Auction of 20th Century British Pottery, collectors items & antiques

In the late 1890s, they produced an interesting range of clock cases, working with the British United Clock company to create pottery clock cases with 8-day movements. These cases proved popular and are very rare these days.

The Crown Devon backstamp started to appear on wares from around 1880, and in 1911 the Railway Works factory was renamed The Devon Pottery.

In the early 1900s, Devon began to expand the product range. Production flourished after successful exhibitions at the world trade fairs in Panama in 1915, taking the gold for a hand painted large urn featuring Highland Cattle and in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1926 where they were awarded a silver medal for their Lustrine bird range.

A Crown Devon Art Deco lady Rio Rita figure, and a Crown Devon Art Deco lady The Dancer figure, both sold at auction by Potteries Auctions

Lot 352 – a Crown Devon Art Deco lady Rio Rita figure, and Lot 353 – a Crown Devon Art Deco lady The Dancer figure, each sold for £55 at our August 2019 Auction of 20th Century British Pottery, collectors items & furniture.

The 1920s heralded the beginning of the Art Deco range, including brightly coloured lustre and enamel decorated ware. Designer Enoch Bolton joined Fielding in 1929, where he was responsible for the production of a huge range of striking Art Deco style wares that were released by the Devon Pottery in the 1930s.

Their range of popular Art Deco wares included lady figurines modelled by Kathleen Parsons that are still incredibly popular to this day, as well as a range of cellulose figures and figurines designed by Austrian designer Olga Hartzeg. There was also animal and dog ranges including comical models, character and toby jugs and cruet sets; the list of items that keep getting discovered goes on and on.

Fieldings used the trade name Crown Devon, and from the early 1930s the Crown Devon mark - a crown over the words Crown Devon - became emblematic of the company, which sometimes appears without the Fielding name.

A remarkable factory that carried on producing a vast range of wares and colours for over a hundred years, the factory unfortunately closed its doors in 1982 due to the gradual decline of the British pottery industry during the 1970s, along with the hit of the recession. Nearly 40 years later, the eclectic variety of their styles and wares are still incredibly sought after today and do very well at auction.

A rare Crown Devon model of a standing bulldog with sailors hat and cigar, sold at auction by Potteries Auctions

Lot 65 – A rare Crown Devon model of a standing bulldog with sailors hat and cigar, sold for £280 at our March 2018 Antique, Rare Pottery and Fine Art Sale 

Talk to our team of experts if you have some Fieldings Crown Devon pottery that you would like to auction, they will be able to give you an accurate auction estimate on vases, figurines and other Crown Devon pieces. You can join us at one of our valuation days, email us for an appointment [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)1782 638100 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. 

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If you can't come in and see us in person, send us an email to [email protected] with details and a photograph (eg make, model, model number, measurements, condition) and one of our experts will provide information and auction estimates. Alternatively, give us a call on 01782 638100 to arrange an appointment.

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