Rare J F Wileman Antique Sporting Scenes Fox & Fowl Plate Aesthetic Movement China
Antique Fox Hunt scene brown transferware plate by J F Wileman in the highly collected Sporting Scenes series. This dates to 1869-92
Manufacturer of earthenware and China at Foley Works, Fenton
When first established about the middle of the nineteenth century the factory which, since 1929, has been known as Shelley Potteries, was named the Foley Works, its proprietor being Henry Wileman.
J F Wileman was the son of Henry Wileman, a London (Paddington) china and earthenware dealer who came to the Potteries about 1853 and went into partnership with Joseph King Knight at the Foley Potteries. James and his brother Charles joined their father from 1864 to 1868, when Charles took the new china works built by Henry Wileman in 1860 and James took the original works. Charles retired in 1870 and JFW assumed control of both potteries.
He was in partnership with J.B. Shelley beginning around 1867 to 72, trading as Wileman and Company. The factory produced household wares, most of the products going to overseas markets. Both brothers served as Fenton improvement commissioners in 1864, and James was chief bailiff 1870-72 and chairman of the Board of Health in 1825.
Eventually he became an alderman on Stafford county council, and served as chairman of the Staffordshire Potteries Water Board.
Sources: Dir. 1872, Fenton Commissioners' Minutes; Jewitt.
The name Shelley comes into the story in 1867, when J. B. Shelley became a partner. Three years later, when Wileman retired, he became the sole proprietor. (the potteries)
Measures appx 8"
Condition: No chips, no cracks.