Shelley China is a pottery trademark that was produced by the British ceramic manufacturer Foley China Works.
History & Description
Shelley China was produced in Foley China Works’ factory in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. In 1910, under the guidance of Foley China Works, Shelley China was adopted by pottery manufacturer Percy Shelley who created many original and innovative pottery designs which reflected the artistic movements of the time. Some of Shelley’s most popular patterns include Intarsio and Urbato.
By the 1930s, Shelley China was an extremely successful pottery trademark and achieved steady growth in both home and export markets.
Shelley China continued to be a popular and uniquely designed pottery trademark until production ceased in the late 1990s.
Guide for collectors
Shelley China products have become very popular items and are bought as collectibles or decorative objects. However, instances of Shelley China products sold at national auctions on both sides of the Atlantic are uncommon and collectors are more likely to purchase Shelley China products on eBay.
Collectors should proceed with caution when purchasing supposedly antique Shelly China as many specimens were made post-1930s or are recent, contemporary reproductions.
Notable auction sales
On March 8th 2012, a pair of Shelley Art Nouveau Intarsio pottery vases, made by Foley China Works, circa 1910, was sold on eBay for £590.
On March 31st 2006 at Eastbourne Auction Rooms in Eastbourne, East Sussex, a large pair of Shelley Intarsio pottery vases, made by Foley China Works, realised a price of £775.
On May 12th 2006 at Eastbourne Auction Rooms in Eastbourne, East Sussex, a late Shelley Intarsio pottery vase, made by Foley China Works, realised a price of £190.
On September 21st 2010 at Bill Hood & Sons Art & Antiques Auctions in Delray Beach, Florida, a Shelley Art Deco pottery vase, made by Foley China Works, realised a price of $150.