Sunday, 15 February 2015

Up market

There are a few different candlesticks in my collection.  Most of them are really quite rustic looking. I found this rather grand looking John Adams candlestick on a shopping trip to the Salt Mill Antiques Centre just before Christmas last year.  I've found a few really nice pots there, and I half want to keep the place secret, but when it comes to pottery I cant keep anything to myself.  The candlestick was designed between 1928 and 1929 and exhibited at the British Industries Fair in 1931. They were made in several different colours and had either one, two, three or five branches.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Comic Bird

I found this vase on eBay recently.  The pattern is QB, and commonly known as Comic Bird.  I often think the bird has a bit of a G W Bush look  and I end up referring to it as Dumb Bird instead.  At 5 inches tall, this is a decent sized vase for this pattern, it's shape number 169 and painted by Doris Marshall in the late 1920's or early '30.  I though I had a real bargain when I bought it, but when it arrived I soon spotted a faint hairline crack running up to the rim.  I've not raised it with the seller though, as I think I still got my monies worth.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Blue Triangles

 There's not much to say about this vase other than it gorgeous.  The pattern code reads GR, though it's not easy to make out.  The shape number is 345 and it was painted by Ethel Barrett in the early 1920's.  The pattern is the same as these earlier Carter and Co vases.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Fond Farewell

These two pots were both painted by Doris Marshall who worked at Poole from 1926 to 1936.  On the right is YW pattern, shape no. 199; and on the left RS pattern, shape no. 570.  They were spotted on my website recently by a member of Doris' family and we agreed a sale.  As much as I love Poole Pottery, this was certainly one of the happier sales that I've made, thinking that they have returned back to the family of the woman who painted them all those years ago.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Good Ikea

This vase is a 1950's remake of the classic Chinese Blue glazed pots that John Adams was making in the 1920's and 30's.  Shape number 116, the glaze is much thinner and more uniform, and probably better behaved and consistent than those earlier pots, but the beauty is still in the running of the glaze exposing the red clay at the rim.
Sadly though, this is just one more pot with nowhere to go, as the last inch of space on my various overcrowded shelves and display cases was used up several weeks back.  It would be such a shame to hide any more pots away under the spare bed (even if there was any room there).  There nothing for it but to get some new display cases.
So I'm heading to Ikea tomorrow, for the start of what will be a fairly major project redecorating the spare room.  I'm quite excited at the prospect.  Decanting all the pots from their current home to other rooms around the house, I will take some pleasure from, though my partner may not. And I'm certainly looking forward to seeing the end result, particularly having been inspired by the well displayed collections below.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Happy Birthday Blog

This blog is five year old today.  It's a little frightening to think about all the pots that have passed though my hands over that time. And even more frightening to think about all those that I've kept hold of.
I guess I'm becoming quite a seasoned collector, so it's lovely finding vases like this one with patterns that I've not seen before.  The Pattern is NA, painted by Anne Hatchard, shape number 349 and quite a dark red clay, and grey coloured ground that dates it to between 1922 and 1924.

Saturday, 10 January 2015


A bit of a change from the usual Poole stripes and quite an unusual pattern, at least it's not one that I've seen before.  This small spill vase, shape number 586, was painted in TS pattern by Marjorie Batt in the second half of the 1920's.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Happy New Year

First post of 2015, and not far off this blogs 5th anniversary. And still the post keep on coming.
This one was also a birthday present from last month, given to me again by my friend who I occasionally go to Newark and other fairs with.  We found this pot together in an antiques center in Salts Mill, Saltaire that always has a good selection of Poole and other classy stuff that my friend also likes.  He's been keeping it safe for the past 6 months of so, so I'd half forgotten what it looked like until I unwrapped it.  Shape number 353, painted in HI pattern, designed by Truda Carter in an unglazed style that was a development on the earlier unglazed wares designed by Jame Radley Young.  It was painted by Majorie Cryer in the late 1920's or very early 30's.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Birthday Delphis

If the last post made out that I was lucky at Christmas, that's only half the story. My birthday falls in December also and I was given two more Poole pots to mark the occasion. The first one was from my Mum and Dad who gave me this Delphis bowl, which they cleverly found in a charity shop (something I've often hoped to do myself but never managed). It's signed by Mary Albon and the shape number is 56. 

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