Martin Brothers

Martin Brothers pottery is one of the most recognisable areas of the antiques market. The four Martin brothers, Walter, Robert, Edwin and Charles, began producing their wares in 1873 with a kiln at the family home in Fulham. They expanded in 1877, moving to a disused soap works on Havelock Road in Southall, where they continued until 1923.

Their glazed anthropomorphic bird jars are among their most sought-after works, but their vases, jugs and tiles which are often modelled with grotesque caricatures all remain highly collectable.


Previews: £30,000 plus

03 July 2017

AD Antiques, run by British art pottery specialist Alison Davey, is selling this grotesque spoon warmer by the Martin Brothers.


Martinware birds help Kingham & Orme’s debut auction take flight

24 February 2017

The first sale by dealers-turned-auctioneers Kingham & Orme made a hammer total of £289,490 and was led by a Martin Brothers bird.

Martin Brothers Wally bird

Martin Brothers birds fly into Texas saleroom

15 November 2016

The quirky characterful and very British art pottery created by the late 19th/early 20th century artist potters Wallace, Robert and Edwin Martin is as popular in the US as in its country of origin.

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Phillips set new high for Martin Brothers

31 December 2015

Phillips set a new high for Martinware with the sale of this 14in (36cm) high bird jar modelled as Benjamin Disraeli for a double-estimate $190,000 (£126,670).

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Phillips migrate Martinware to New York while Greenslade’s gourds surface at Salisbury auction

29 October 2015

Two single-owner collections of Martinware – each exceptional in their own way – will appear for sale on either side of the Atlantic this autumn.

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Martin Brothers bird flies to record £75,000

20 June 2014

Knocking others off their perch, Salisbury’s Woolley & Wallis improved upon their own auction record for Martin Brothers with the £75,000 sale of this bird jar to Gloucestershire British art pottery dealers AD Antiques.

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‘Unseen’ Hoffman collection of art pottery includes exceptional Martinware models

02 April 2014

New York has hosted three key events in the modern commercial history of the Martin Brothers.

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Demon jar tempts buyers at BADA fair

24 March 2014

Among the sales in the first hour of the ‘BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair’ was this 5in (13cm) high Martin Brothers grotesque demon jar and cover.

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Rare bird sets Martin Brothers record

24 June 2013

This stoneware bird jar dated 1891 established a new auction record for Martin Brothers when it made £67,000 at the latest Arts and Crafts sale held by Woolley & Wallis.


Martin Bros at their best

10 December 2012

While anthropomorphic bird figures have long been seen as the most desirable products of the Martin Brothers’ art pottery, recently there has been an upsurge in demand for their equally characterful grotesque models.


Martinware – more than just chasing birds

08 October 2011

THE famous caricature birds crown the top of the tree for Martinware collectors. This is still a strong market where, feels Bonhams’ specialist Mark Oliver, a really top-calibre model could command £40,000 if it came on the market.


Fishing for the ‘right’ Martinware

02 April 2011

THE 16-lot section devoted to Martin Brothers art pottery at Bonhams' latest Ceramic Design sale provided a number of the notable results.


Back to a scary monster market

20 June 2009

JUST when you thought it was safe to go back into the softening Martinware market, along comes a £26,000 spoon-warmer.


Three strikes for Martin Brothers

28 March 2009

DEMAND for Martin Brothers pottery may have tapered off slightly but it still provided three of the top prices at Bonhams’ recent Ceramic Design sale.


£240,000 Ealing Martinware theft

16 April 2007

Ealing Council’s Pitzhanger Manor-House has been forced to close its exhibition of Martin Brothers pottery following a burglary – the second to hit the collection in two years.


A day in the life of the Martin Brothers

12 November 2005

“Someday,” wrote The Times in August 1912, “collectors will ransack the town for Martin’s artistic stonewares.”

Southall Library Martinware theft

31 May 2005

Ealing Council are appealing for information on the theft of 16 pieces of Martin Brothers pottery from Southall Library in the early hours of Monday, May 23.


Lambert collection offers range of material

08 September 2004

THE Lambert Collection of British art pottery and furniture comes under the hammer at Bonhams Bond Street (19.5/10% buyer’s premium) on September 22.


Martinware bird sells for £40,000

01 June 2004

“The best example I have seen in the last ten years,” said Woolley and Wallis’ decorative arts specialist Michael Jeffery, of this Martinware bird, which was consigned to the auctioneers’ May 26 sale from a vendor in the New Forest.


02 April 2004

This large and important Martin Brothers bird, pictured right and dated 1894, is the main highlight of a diverse sale of ceramics, glass, works on paper, furniture, textiles and metalware, relating to the Arts and Crafts movement inspired by William Morris, to be held at Woolley & Wallis' Salisbury Salerooms on May 26.