THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF THE W. H. BOSSONS COMPANIES
It is important to note that the W. H. Bossons Company closed its doors and ceased all operations on December 6, 1996. However, the history of these companies is essentially the story of two men, trained in the craft of making pottery, who transformed their craft into a serious art form. It is also, to borrow a phrase from Dickens, a tale of two cities, or, to be more exact, a tale of two towns in England. One is Stoke-on_Trent, a manufacturing center in Staffordshire, where these two men were trained and is the recognized "Potteries" district in England. It was here, some 35-miles south of Manchester in northern England that Josiah Wedgwood of Wedgwood China fame introduced fine chinaware in the 1700's. Today, potteries still form the main industry in Stoke-on-Trent: Wedgwood, Spode and Staffordshire ware all come from this area. About eight miles from the northern border of Stoke-on Trent and
Bossons is the name given to an extraordinary collection of character wall masks, figurines, shelf ornaments, animal studies, wall plaques, lamp bases, bookends, wall clocks, thermometers, barometers, pottery figures and mirrors that were produced by the W. H. Bossons Company of Congleton, England between 1948 and 1996. The brainchild of a talented father and son team, they have become highly sought after works of art all around the world, but especially in the USA and England. Both W. H Bossons and his son W. Ray Bossons studied pottery making in Stoke-on-Trent. When ill health forced Mr. Bossons Sr. to retire to Congleton in 1944, he started making lead soldiers and Christmas figurines out of metal and plaster as a hobby. Eventually, using a variety of technical skills including mold making, he decided to produce a range of wall plaques. His son, W. Ray Bossons was a talented artist and the two set up a business in 1946 at Brook Mills in Congleton. They trained half a dozen young ladies as paintresses, young men as molders and were soon making a set of high-relief pictorial wall plaques. These were illustrated in their first ever catalogue in 1948-49 under the title "Beautiful Britain Series". the first plaque created by Bossons was entitled "Village Scene" followed by "Little Moreton Hall", "Shakespeare's Birthplace" and "Ann Hathaway's Cottage". When W. H. Bossons Sr. died in 1951, Ray Bossons took over the company and in 1958 designed the first of the internationally recognized "Character Wall Masks". The first character was a 10" "Snake Charmer" followed by the "Mandolin Player", "Drummer", "Caspian Man" and "Caspian Woman".
W. H. BOSSONS, LTD.
Founded: 1946 - Closed: 1996
Owner: W. Ray Bossons (deceased)
Certifications: Associate of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers (ASIAD), Member Communication Advertising and Marketing Education Foundation, Member Institute of Marketing.
UNIQUE COLLECTIBLES FOR INTERIOR DECORATIING - THIS IS THE "DEFINITIVE" BOSSONS WEBSITE!
approximately 185 miles north of London, just inside the County of Cheshire, is the little township of Congleton, England. A very quaint and endearing town of about 25,000 people this was the home of the W. H. Bossons, Ltd. Company for a little over fifty years. Ray Bossons was an extremely talented artist with an intuitive ability to anticipate market trends. He was a perfectionist with regard to the anatomical detail, artistic excellence and historical accuracy of each item of art the company created. He was the creative genius and without question, the designer extraordinaire of the W. H. Bossons companies following the death of his father, W. H. Bossons in 1951. The company's reputation spread within a comparatively short period of time to all the principal markets of the world. Most of the original ideas and basic concepts came from Ray Bossons fertile imagination. He would sketch the ideas for the wall masks and figurines after much research on each character to be portrayed and relied on his extensive library for research material. The original models were executed in clay by highly talented sculptors with no limit set on the time it took to create an original model. Ray Bossons would set the standard s for the pieces and then turn them over to the staff of painters to complete. Much to the chagrin of Bossons collectors worldwide, the company closed its doors and ceased all operation on December 6, 1996. Mr. W. Ray Bossons passed away on May 27, 1999 at age 80.
THE CASSIDY BOSSONS COLLECTION - **FOR SALE** ---->
In the 21-years since I inherited my Dad's collection, I've grown it to the current level of 650 pieces. The collection, as you can see from the photos, makes for a wonderful display that generates lots of interest and discussion. The collection includes many of the very rarest Bossons pieces ever produced: Paul Kruger, (2) versions of the Bare-Arm Cheyene, Sophie Shelf Ornament and Sophie Lamp Base, Fennec Fox, Bengali, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Espana, Caspian Woman and Veiled Caspian Woman, Miniature African Masks, Geisha Plaque, Madonna Plaque, Sleeping Beauty Plaques (both versions), Statue of Liberty Plaque, Bermuda Plaque, Fraser Art - Mallards (all three sizes), Racehorse, Mare, Foal, Saluki, Stags Head, Green Cockatoo and Gazelle, all 22-pieces in the Briar Rose collection, all versions of the British and French Military masks, Sir Winston Churchill (gilded version), (3) color variations of the Mandolin Player, Afghan Shelf Ornament, a complete set of the pottery dogs - Mac, Patch and Pooch (10 pieces in all), a complete set of Modern Pottery Wall Figures (5 in all), Mr. Wang, Fijian (original version), all (12) of the specially painted pieces given to annual meeting attendees as gifts from the Bossons Company and many, many more. The collection also includes 121 issues of Bossons Briefs covering the period from September 1982 to June 2014, original brochures, meeting literature, correspondence with the Bossons Company, correspodence with Bossons collectors nationally and internationally, past meeting badges, nametags, programs, group photos and much, much more.
I have reached a point in my life where I am planning for retirement. After much consternation and 54-years of hard work building this collection, I have decided to put it up for sale. The collection will not be broken up and sold piecemeal. On the contrary, based on my Dad's and my vision of keeping it intact, it will only be sold in it's entirety. Imagine the walls of a home or the lobby of a hotel or office building tastefully decorated with these 650 pieces of interesting artwork. They are truly fascinating and generate lots of conversation. Interested parties please go to the "Contacts" page and send me a message.