In the late eighteenth century, England's porcelain factories made sets of figures representing the four quarters of the globe. What did they know of six continents then? So Asia, America, Africa, and Europe, from the perspective of those times, represented our entire globe. Staffordshire potters, not to be outdone, also had a shot at making pearlware figures symbolic of the corners of the globe, but, for some unknown reason, just a handful of these figures survive.
First, here is Europe. We have looked at this figure previously, and I have recorded only two examples of her.
The figure titled America was at auction in the US this month, but my puritan tastes did not allow me to pursue it because of its condition. But it is so very interesting, and I hope someone has given it a loving home. If you want to see the handful of pearlware figures recorded to date, look at chapter 154 of Staffordshire Figures 1780-1840, Volume 4