This is the second pot that I found at Keddleston Hall earlier this month. The bowl is just 4" in diameter, and is shape no. 971, which I haven't seen much before. The pattern is WL, and was painted by Phyllis Way between 1928 and 34. It fits the shape beautifully, with the tassels at the end of the purple fringe hanging just level with where the shape cuts away to the foot.
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Friday, 24 September 2010
I found these two postcards on eBay last week. Hand written on the back of both is "Went over these works while on holiday August 1936". So I think both are earlier images than the postcards that are reproduced in the Hayward and Atterbury book. Guessing at who the people might be - the middle woman to me looks like Eileen Prangnell pictured on page 45 of the Hayward and Atterbury book. The Potter I guess could be Burt Way who was the only male pottery at the factory in 1930 when Guy Sydenham started aged 14.
I'd be very grateful for any better ideas.
Sunday, 19 September 2010
It's not easy parting. I thought I could manage without these two, as I don't really collect Freeform Poole - that much and they were in a box under the spare bed. But then once you've fished them out, had a good look at them again, photographed them, you then realise why you brought them in the first place. I think they look stunning, but they have to go.
Saturday, 18 September 2010
This was the pot that got me most excited last weekend at Keddleston Hall, and I'm still feeling a bit giddy even now. I have paid more for pots in the past, but at just 3 1/2 inches tall, pound of pound this is certainly the most costly vase in my collection to date, and has kept up the pressure on me to sell a few more pots on eBay.
The Pattern name is QB often called "Comic Bird" due to the slightly sparkled looking bird. The design also has two great "bug eye" flower shapes popping out at the bottom. Shape number 361, painted by Gwen Dry beween 1928 and '34.
Saturday, 11 September 2010
This little round vase started my week off work. It fits in with my growing collection of no. 354 shape vases, and this PD pattern is really quite rare. The muted colours have a real richness and the blue leaves over painted with yellow almost look like gold.
One part of my grand plan for collecting, is to buy fewer, rarer, more expensive pots. I'm managing the rarer part but fewer is more difficult. And my week has ended, as costly as it begun, with a trip to the antiques fair at Keddleston Hall, but I'll post some photos of pots from there another time.
Thursday, 9 September 2010
I've had the week off work which has given me far too much time to hunt out interesting bits of Poole. This one I found today at the Emporium Antiques Centre in Sheffield. This Carved Bowl is about as big as they come. Shape number 89 it's one foot in diameter and 4 inches deep, looks like new and has Pamela Bevan's 1970 mark. There's another half dozen pots I've got this week that I'll post but I was excited enough by this one to get it on here right away. My plans for making a bit of space are in ruins.
Sunday, 5 September 2010
I've been adding so many pots to my collection this year that there's no room left for more. So I've had a ruthless sort through and come up with some I can list on eBay. The two below I'm listing later today together with an art deco Vase in VL pattern, and a couple of egg cups (I don't think I've dome much space creation in listing those but it's a start)
Shape number 255. Measures 6.5cm (2 ½ inches) tall, 14 cm (5 ½ inches) in diameter. QO Pattern painted by Marjorie Batt
Poole Pottery Delphis Pin Dish No. 81 Jean Millership