Tuesday, 18 August 2015

676/JB

This shape of Bokhara vase crops up less often than the other two shapes.  It comes in two sized, and at eight and tree quarter inches this is the taller one.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Straight Champions!












Arrrrrrh! Half drunk on a Friday night, I can contain myself no more. Signing up for the latest Stonewall.org.uk campaign my employer is now looking for straight allies and fight my (gay) corner. Am I the only gay man that is uneasy about Stonewall.org.uk representing me?
Like every other gay men my age, I grew up with my sexuality more or less criminalised.  As a young gay man, I've enjoyed breaking the law on many occasions and my current employer would certainly have stacked me at the time, had I been caught.
That all changed because of me and the actions of hundreds of thousands of other gay men and lesbians, some of them paid a huge price.  The law and society changed because of mass sexual disobedience. Straight allies did not do that, they cannot understand how it was, or how it is now, no matter how lovely they are.
I worry that when your persecutor becomes your champion in one fell swoop, maybe they have just found some other way of treading you into the ground.
Above, is a plate from about the time when homosexuality was partially decriminalised, painted by Jean Millership.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Eastern Promise

Our postman handed me this vase about 2 hours ago. It fits nicely with the bigger and better strategy I try in vain to stick to and my haste in posting the photo on here perhaps indicates how pleased I am to own it.   The 872 molded shape was designed by Harold Stabler between 1925 and 26, and works particularly well with this Persian or Turkish inspired DU pattern that was designed by Truda Carter. The vase was painted by Ann Hatchard.

Monday, 20 July 2015

A little Art Deco

I think this vase is about as Art Deco as Poole gets and packs a big jazzy punch for its 3 inches in height.  Shape no 501, JV pattern painted by Rene Hayes in the early 1930's.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Go Greece

Shape 293, KM pattern painted by Ethel Barrett in the early 1920's. This hand thrown plate is surprisingly heavy since it's potted so much thicker than anything mechanically jollied.
Having got that off my chest, I just wanted to say how glad I am about Greece's vote against austerity tonight.   For a long time I've seen myself as pro European, but with a UK EU referendum planned, the chance to throw a spanner in the works of an anti democratic, market orientated Europe. with London bankers at it's financial center. makes a No vote really quite appealing.  Calling the bluff on David Cameron's inept politicking would be the cherry on the cake.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Full coverage

I really like this pattern and love how it works on this squat vase (or bowl).  I have the same VX pattern on, what remains, the largest vase in my collection.
http://www.robspoolepottery.co.uk/traditional_poole_geometric_vases.htm#VX   A vase that I found in Newark several years ago, sometime before starting this blog.  On a vase that size this pattern is reduced to being a small if decorative border. Here, painted by Marian Heath in the late 1920's, it completely covers this pot.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Back to normal

This blue and yellow Portuguese Stripe vase is one of my latest eBay finds.  The pattern is HE and shape number 208.  It was made in the early 1920's and has an unknown X painters mark.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Why?

Maybe it's just me compensating for my cat allergy, but for a while now I thought it might be an idea to fill my dinner table with animal shaped crockery.   These Royal Daulton Bunnykins Country Cottage butler cream jug and baker preserve jar were at the Wetherby race course antiques fair a couple of weeks a go.  They are now serving tea regularly at our house.  I've my friend, who was with me at the time, to thank for giving me the encouragement or courage to buy them!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

More triangles

This vase came from eBay back in April.  The pattern is RO and there is a CT painter mark that hasn't been assigned to a known painter.  The shape number is 345.  It has a quite shinny surface that I think dates it to about 1925.
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