Tony Wood Studio 1982 Ltd Teapots
Tony Wood Studio 1982 Ltd was a British based ceramic manufacturer that was well-known for producing figurative teapots and jugs.
Although the company was formed in 1982, the Wood family had been potters since the mid-nineteenth century when Wood & Sons was formed by Thomas Francis Wood in 1865. The company was one of the leading ceramic manufacturers in Stoke-on-Trent, commonly known as The Potteries, and enjoyed huge success. In the 1970s, Wood & Sons introduced an extremely popular line of figurative products called Toby Jugs.
History & Description
However, following Wood & Sons take-over by Edmund Yorke in the early-1980s, Tony Wood went into partnership with Elizabeth Capper in 1982 and opened Tony Wood Studio 1982 Ltd. The company continued production of the old Toby Jugs but introduced a whole new range of jugs, which included figurative teapots.
A fire at the company’s factory in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, in 1984 halted production and the company never recovered. It went into receivership in 1991 and the company closed thus ending an association between the Woods family and The Potteries that had spanned over a hundred years.
Guide for collectors
Instances of Tony Wood Studio 1982 Ltd. teapots sold at national auction houses are extremely rare. Collectors are much more likely to purchase pieces on eBay, which in the past has advertised several examples of Tony Wood teapots.
During their short production time, Tony Wood Studio 1982 Ltd. manufacturing a large and varied range of figurative teapots, including camels, rabbits, pigs, sphinxes and character designs.
Notable auction sales
On February 2nd 2012, a Tony Wood Studio 1982 Ltd. ceramic camel teapot was sold on eBay for $85.
On February 4th 2006 at Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California, a Tony Wood Studio 1982 Ltd. ceramic camel teapot realised a price of $60.
On April 2nd 2012, a Tony Wood Studio 1982 Ltd. ceramic circus dog teapot was sold on eBay for $44.
On November 19th 2005 at Richard D. Hatch & Associates in Flat Rock, North Carolina, a Tony Wood Studio 1982 Ltd. ceramic figural character teapot realised a price of $40.
On April 1st 2012, a Tony Wood Studio 1982 Ltd. ceramic sphinx teapot was sold on eBay for £20.80.
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