Tuesday, 29 May 2018

New Address

GDPR has struck again!  For the last few years Rob's Poole Pottery Collection has been operating from this address www.robspoolepottery.co.uk funded by Google adverts.  Unfortunately, I've had to remove the Google adverts, because I don't have the IT skills to add those pop-up disclaimers to the site that are needed to make the adverts GDPR compliant.  So with the website no longer paying for itself, I've changed to a free of charge web host and a less catchy address https://robs-poole-pottery.000webhostapp.com/ Just in case you wanted to find it sometime.
The vase above is shape 208, NB pattern, painted by Rene Hayes sometime between 1926 and 1934.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

TP pattern

This is the second time I've owned a TP pattern vase, in this shape (399) and painted by Marjory Batt in the early 1930s.  The first one was badly cracked this one is perfect and will stay in my collection for a while.

Friday, 30 March 2018


EE isn't the most collectable pattern and dating to about 1935 this vase isn't particularly early, but it's chunky proportions and the fantastic Art Deco handles sold for me.   Shape number 973, on the base also is a sticker for the retailer, Alfred B Pearce and Co, 39 Ludgate Hill, London.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018


I found this bowl in Saltaire last year.  It has a short hairline crack on the rim, but I still bought it because the pattern is so unusual.  Made from a buff coloured stoneware and covered with grey slip, the marks on the base are faint, but I think its marked KQ pattern, the shape is D349, and it has the CSA mark that dates it to 1921 or 1922.

Saturday, 17 March 2018


This salt dish (shape 570) measures just just 4 cm tall.  It's decorated with the same PB pattern that can be found covering 25 cm tall vases, but Dorothy James has painted it in miniature to great effect. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


I've spent many hours, scrolling through eBay, trying to find full-sized, and usable, twin-tone tea cups.  They are so hard to find, because they are so massively outnumbered by, and look just the same as, their coffee sized brothers.  The impractical demitasses that survive so well, unused for years, in a thousand china cabinets.
But for once is was the diminutive size of this coffee cup, saucer and cake plate that caught my eye as a buy-it-now lot on eBay last year.  The 5 cm tall cup (shape number 664) and the saucer (665) were painted by Ruth Pavely in the EE pattern which does look at it's absolute best on this scale.  And though it's size and fine crazing make it impractical for use, it is ideal for display in my own china cabinet.
The soft focus on the photo isn't deliberate, but does perhaps quite suit this romantic and rather useless little cup

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

So long FY

This FY pattern, shape 352 vase painted by Gertie Warren in the middle 1920's, has been an all too brief visitor to my collection.  I've owned it for about a year or so, and had it on a list of pots to blog about, but sold it on eBay last week. 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Small blue thing

This Chinese Blue glazed vase measures just 7cm tall.  It was designed by John Adams and dates from the early 1920's.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Strike fund

This week saw the start for the University and College Union 14-day strike. So my partner and me are both out on strike.  Suddenly having time our hands is giving us a little taste of what retirement may be like  As is the falling income that, in retirement for real, will fall even further if Universities UK get their way.
Anyway, on a positive note there are a few advantages to employers cheating on deals.  For a start, it does give you a rarely felt sense of being the master of your own destiny and not a wage slave. It's also given me time for walks in the late winter sunshine and time to post on this blog again.  And it's given me reason to list a few pots for sale n eBay, to contribute to my own personal strike fund. I think I have enough pots to hold out for years that way.
The pot above, I'll not be listing (unless the strike goes on for months), is an early Carter and Co stoneware vase.
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