Established in 1894 at Longton, Stoke-on-Trent by James Wright
Beswick and his sons John and Gilbert, the Beswick Pottery first
made its name producing affordable tablewares and ornaments.
It was not until the 1930s (and specifically the introduction of
a high fired bone china in 1934), that the firm turned to the
animal modelling that would be their stock-in-trade for the rest of
The John Beswick factory was sold to Royal Doulton in 1969 and
would finally close in 2002 - but not before the Beswick Collectors
Circle has been formed in 1985.
More recently in 2005, a company called John Sinclair
(Sheffield) Ltd have been producing pieces carrying the Beswick
From the ATG Archive
31 May 2005
PERHAPS the rarest of all Beswick’s ouput is the Spirit of Whitfield.
11 December 2004
Pick up a copy of a Beswick price guide from the late 1990s and it will tell you that the Galloway Bull, designed by Arthur Gredington, was made in three versions.
06 February 2004
There is no doubt that a weak dollar has contributed to a weaker UK majolica market – and yet low estimates for good pieces continue to stimulate bidding.
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08 February 2013
An important private collection of Beatrix Potter books, manuscripts, artwork, photographs, figurines and collectables is being offered for sale at Bloomsbury Auctions on February 27.
11 June 2007
NEW auctioneers Aqueduct Auctions are holding their first sale on Saturday, June 16 at the Methodist Chapel, Froncysyllte, near Llangollen.
26 January 2009
Readers are being urged to be aware of a new batch of counterfeit Troika wares that are being offered for sale on eBay.
11 January 2006
Helped by a £2.6m windfall, Salisbury auctioneers Woolley & Wallis emerged from 2005 as the largest-grossing UK provincial saleroom.
03 September 2007
Following the announcement in August of a newly-discovered 1938 fairground scene by Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976) scheduled to appear at Sotheby’s on December 13, it has emerged that the scene depicted is not, in fact, Beswick Fair, near Manchester, as had been mooted.
27 July 2005
“SELLING more lots but for less overall money” was the verdict of Lawrences valuer Howard Page after more than 2700 lots went under the hammer at the Surrey auctioneers’ marathon June event.