We have a strong following for Martin Brothers pottery. We offer a free valuation service to people who are considering the sale of their items through our auction room. Click the button to complete our short form, and one of our valuers will be in touch.
The four Martin brothers, Robert, Walter, Edwin and Charles, were studio potters who specialised in art pottery, made and decorated by hand. They made their trademark salt-glazed pottery by throwing common salt into the kiln, which reacted with the clay to form a glassy coating and a textured finish. Robert Martin (born 1843), the eldest of the four, was the firm’s modeller and originally opened the pottery in 1873 in partnership with his brothers. Walter (born 1857) was the potter, working with the throwing, decoration and coloured glazes. Edwin (born 1860) was the main decorator, and Charles (born 1846) helped run the business. Following various difficulties including a fire in 1910 and family deaths, the pottery closed in 1914.
Stoneware bird jar - sold for £9,700
Handmade ‘art pottery’ such as the designs of the Martin brothers is currently greatly sought after by collectors, as the mass production methods of the Victoria era meant a premium was placed on these rarer handcrafted pieces. Martinware is distinctive for its whimsical yet skilful designs, carved or incised decoration and subtle colour palette of greens, browns, greys and blues, and is equally at home in a modern or traditional setting making it a favourite amongst collectors.
As with any type of pottery, condition is an important factor in determining value for Martin Brothers pottery and the most sought after pieces are those with no damage or chips. Edwin Martin’s trademark aquatic scenes and decorations are of particular interest, as are comical stoneware bird figurines produced at the turn of end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.
Martin Brothers Vase - sold for £2,700
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We offer a free valuation service to people who are considering the sale of their items through our auction room. Click the button to complete our short form, and one of our valuers will be in touch.
Below are a few highlights, or click here view all Martin Brothers Pottery in our Sold Lots archive.
Martin Brothers stoneware jug incised with grotesque birds perched in branches, signed Martin Bros London Southall 8cm high
Sold for 650 GBP
Martin Brothers vase circa 1878, with ribbed neck, impressed mark to base, 23cm high Condition report: four small chips to the base. No other damages ...
Sold for 300 GBP
Martin Brothers stoneware vase incised with grotesque lizards, spiders, snakes and insects among berries and branches, signed Martin Bros London ...
Sold for 2,700 GBP
Martin Brothers vase decorated with an incised formal leaf work pattern, 1-1896 and incised marks to base, 34cm high Condition report: Some good ...
Sold for 400 GBP
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