Pair of English 19th Century Terracotta Pedestals by James Stiff and Sons
James Stiff was an English potter born in Suffolk who worked at Eleanor Coades’ Artificial Stone Company in Lambeth, South London, and then at Doulton and Watts Pottery (also in Lambeth). He eventually went on to own his pottery works in 1843. From 1845 on, he is listed at 39 High Street. His sons joined the firm in 1863, and the firm became known as James Stiff and Sons. The firm was sold to Royal Doulton in 1913. These sensational and signed pedestals were once chimney pots, but have recently had tops added by a master craftsman. The work is seamless and undetectable and we love that they are now more functional than chimney pots. In a gorgeous creamy biscuit shade of terracotta, they would be stunning flanking a doorway or entrance to a garden, perhaps with urns or statues on top. In excellent antique condition, they do have a few minor chips to the bottoms of the bases, but nothing that impairs their look or functionality. Please note that although these can remain outside year-round in temperate climates, they should be brought inside in harsh winter climates. We recommend installing them on pieces of stone or concrete footings if they are to bear a heavy load. Priced and sold by the pair.
England, CA 1860s
H: 32.38 in Bottom Diameter: 15 in Top Diameter: 14 1/8 in
Price: $5,800, the pair
Ref: SPE 1024