Sunday, 15 October 2017
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Sunday, 8 October 2017
Old pots often collect small specks of paint, presumably from being left in situ while ceilings are being rollered. Paint doesn't stick very well to a glazed surface and usually specks of paint will wash off easily with warm water. The paint on this pot was a different matter however. The rough unglazed surface made a perfect canvas and the paint was stuck. Luckily I remembered reading in a pot conservation guide that nitromors is used by conservators to remove old glue from repairs. It seemed quite drastic at the time, but an old can of nitromors and several cotton wool buds later and the vase looks to be in factory-fresh condition. It turns out that nitromors will burn skin, completely melt paint, but magically leaves pottery untouched.
The pattern is AB and it was painted by Ruth Pavely in the early 1930's. The V&A have a similar vase.
Saturday, 30 September 2017
Sunday, 24 September 2017
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
Saturday, 16 September 2017
Monday, 28 August 2017
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.
Posted by Rob Barnsley at 02:38