The use of anthropomorphic representations on English ceramics goes back at least to medieval times - click for fragment in Kingston Museum .
Salt glazed stoneware jugs moulded in the shape of human faces became very popular in England in the 19th century and examples representing Napoleon (by Stephen Green) and Lord Nelson (by Doulton & Watts) are relatively common (albeit not cheap). The Duke of Wellington was also a popular subject with realistic faces (Stephen Green) and caricatures from a number of sources.This page shows: a selection some meant to be recognisable, some caricature and some fantastical.
|Napoleon Bonaparte - made in a variety of sizes by Stephen Green, Lambeth.|
|Duke of Wellington - made in a variety of sizes by Stephen Green, Lambeth.|
|Lord Nelson - made in several sizes by Doulton & Watts. Copies were made in 1905, marked Doulton Lambeth, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death (using original moulds?).|
|Daniel Lambert. Mustard pot. It should have ceramic hat. An example marked "Daniel Lambert" is recorded.|
|Duke of Wellington.|
|Henry, Lord Brougham|
|Duke of Wellington. This caricature was popular and made by several potteries including Denby.|
|Another Duke of Wellington, this time marked THOMPSON (Wooden Box Pottery).|
|Stirrup cup with combined Pope and Devil heads. This first appears on medals in the 16th century.|
|Mortlake. Made in a variety of sizes and occasionally marked Kishere.|
|Private collection, this and the previous item are very similar to examples on plate 96 of J.F.Blacker's ABC of English Saltglazed Stoneware and tentatively attributed to Charles Bloodworth of Lambeth.|
|Marked "WHO ARE YOU". My sentiment exactly!|
|Same person as previous? This is marked "SLEEP" on base.|