Wednesday, 17 December 2014

More Delphis from Newark

These two 5 inch pin dishes were on the same Newark stall.  Both are signed by Jean Millership, one of my favourite painters at Poole.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

BY Jug

This is my most exciting find from Newark last week.  Painted by Hilda Trim in the early 1930's this BY pattern is one of my favourites.  The pattern always reminds me a a Kandinsky painting - there's something quite musical about it.  But then there are also some ancient Egyptian references too - the blue and white striped scepter and the lotus flower.  I've got a couple of smaller pots where this pattern is much more condensed, but on this 7 inch tall jug (shape no. 303) the design works equally well and loses none if it vibrancy.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

One I Couldn't Let Get Away

This is the five inch pin dish missing from the photo of the Newark stand in the previous post. Painted by Shirley Campbell in the last 1960's.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Newark Bonanza

I've returned empty handed from the last few Newark fairs. But on Thursday those early, cold, damp mornings were finally rewarded.  The showground seemed full of stuff that I'd never seen before and maybe never will again. There was a knitted Dalek, a zebra's head, and a huge set of children's building bricks with illustrated instructions for building a range of  Escheresque mausoleums.
And then there was so much Poole. So rare that it would have shone in any collection. So much that I had to leave some of it behind. Including these shape No. 4 Delphis plates below that were a little out of my price range. Though the empty stand is a bit of a give away that I took at least one small prize from this stall too.  I'll post that soon along with my other treasure from the day.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Worth the Wait

I must have been a bit blogged down last week and didn't post any photos, but I hope this one is worth the wait.  This large Atlantis vase came from eBay about a month ago.  It's only the third piece of Atlantis ware in my collection and is at least four times the size of the others.  Shape number A92 it stands 8 1/2 inches tall and is stamped with a CC potters mark, used at Poole by Catherine Connett's between 1973 and 76.

Saturday, 15 November 2014


I'm spending Saturday morning following the Cottees Poole Pottery sale online.  So while waiting for the my lots to come up, thought I could usefully use the time to blog.
This vase I found quite a while ago, it's shape number 583, LD pattern painted by Hilda Trim.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Real Love?

I do worry that this blog might give an impression that there is only room in my heart for small ceramic objects.  Of course, that isn't really true: I was touched tonight by the John Lewis penguin Real Love Xmas ad.
John Lewis must love making money, but I think they could have manipulated me so much better if only they had thought to include just one gay or lesbian couple beside the four or five (six, I think including the penguins) heterosexual couples shown in the ad.  I would have got my wallet out for that. But maybe they had thought of it, and thought that maybe gay love, isn't after all "real love"! Now, that's not very festive of you JL.
Anyway these guys say it better And sticking to what I do best - it's a little cream jug 326/GT.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

More Ruth Pavely

This CA pattern jug (shape no. 377), like the salt dish in the last post, was also painted by Ruth Pavely in about 1922.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014


This salt pot was painted by Ruth Pavely at the start of her career at Poole in 1922.  EU pattern, shape number 299, and just over one inch tall.
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