Sunday, 24 September 2017

Garden City

This bowl was lot 227 in the same Hansons' 27th June 2016 sale in which the pot in the previous post was listed.  I did really well that day!
It was cataloged as having a floral skyscraper design. but I've always seen this LP pattern as a much more straight forward roses and trellis design with Art Deco chinoiserie styling, that sits comfortably alongside other rose and trellis patterns, PU and PI.  So to prove me right, I googled "early skyscrapers", thinking that they would all be pointy and Chrysler-like, but in fact there are quite a few boxy ones from the 1930's. So maybe floral skyscraper isn't so far-fetched.

Saturday, 23 September 2017


I like this vase for the slightly cogwheel styling of the flowers.  The overlapping and concentric circles on this and other Poole patterns remind me also of the Sonia and Robert Delaunay paintings of the teens and twenties of the 20th century. So this vase was definitively on-trend when it was made in the late 1920's or early 1930's. It's 18 cm tall, shape number 575 (I think), pattern DX, painted by Ruth Pavely and it was lot 151 in the 27th June 2016 Hansons' Decorative Arts sale.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Wobbly jug

I love this little jug.  The thick tin glaze, on a pot so small, gives it a really wobbly look.  It's made from buff coloured stoneware, measures a little over 7 cm tall, and is marked with the first CSA factory mark, shape number T324, a pattern mark that I think is /A and a painters mark that I cant decipher.

Monday, 28 August 2017

This pot was sold at the Warren and Wignall auction on 8th February 2017.  It caught my eye because I hadn't seen this glaze before, and now it's mine, it still remains something of a mystery, at least to me.
It's marked as shape number 291, has the CSA Ltd stamp (so dates from 1925 to '34) and has a painted number 1, that must refer to the glaze.  It has a red body, that I think is more highly fired than the usual earthernware body and has a thick glaze.  Both the body and glaze have been ground down on the base as you find on the chinese blue vases.
If anyone has any more insights I would be glad to hear from you.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Mask vase

This vase was sold to me by a collector who had found it himself at the Cottees auction of September 2010.  It was designed it was designed by James Radley Young and dates from between 1915 and 1921.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Double D

Here's another shape 293, painted in DD pattern by Phyllis Way.  DD is one of my favorite geometric border patterns.  To my knowledge it's also the only one with red glaze (referred to as crimson in the pattern books).

Tuesday, 1 August 2017


This covered bowl, is shape number 293 (10 cm in diameter), and was painted in NC pattern by Vera Bridle who worked at Poole for 10 years between 1923 and '33.   I'm not sure what purpose this pot was meant to serve, there is no spoon hole in the seated lid, but later versions do have a ventilation hole and the more typical teardrop finial. A pot like this is shown in the Studio Yearbook, 1922.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Slight upgrade

I bought this fantastic looking vase a year, or so, ago, in a private sale, from a fellow Poole collector who I first bumped in to on eBay.  He was selling up much of his collection and was kind enough to do so in installments so I could buy quite a bit of it and spread the cost over a few months.
Any pattern with spots on is very collectable in my view and this CE pattern has the added joy of yellow vertical wriggles.  The shape is D353.  I have an almost identical vase that I posted here in the blog a couple of years back, but still thought this new one was worth collecting as it was made sightly earlier between 1921 and '22 and is made from grey semi-stoneware. I used to find the grey coloured slip on these earlier pots a bit dull, but these days think the grey gives these geometric patterns extra luminosity.
On the base there's a C enclosing a K mark, that isn't listed in the Hayward and Atterbury book.  I wonder if this may stand for the Kendall of unknown first name and gender who is recorded to have worked at Poole in 1922.  
There's a list of painters whos marks are not known in the collectors club magazine at

Friday, 21 July 2017

0dd one out

These four shape 713 egg cups are the final lot I won at the Harvey Collection sale. The odd one out is LD pattern painted by Gwen Dry, the other 3 are AQ pattern and all painted by Hilda Trim.
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