Despite Samuel Hall’s longevity and his proclivity for marking his figures, very few marked HALL figures survive. I have recorded 16 various models. When they sport bocages, the bocages are in one of three ‘styles.’ Clearly, Hall must have produced lots of figures to justify three bocage forms. Unfortunately, the bocage form that occurs most frequently is the commonest of all bocage forms and the figures are rather unremarkable. Anyone could have made them. Possibly a host of unmarked figures with Hall-type bocage were also made by Hall, but we may never know.
So which of these BIRD NEST boys was made by Hall? Click on the image to enlarge it.
Samuel Hall should not be confused with John and Ralph Hall, who potted from circa 1800 and are best known for transfer printed dinner wares made for the export market. The Halls operated at both Swan Bank, Tunstall, and at the Sitch Pottery, Burslem. In January 1822, they dissolved their partnership. John Hall, along with his sons, continued at Burslem but was bankrupt by 1832 and died in 1838. Ralph Hall continued at Tunstall beyond this date. There is no indication that Ralph and John Hall potted figures.