This Poole Pottery jam pot is one of 29 similar pots from the Bokhara range designed by Robert Jefferson in 1964. To me this is number 11 my other 10 can be seen here. It's another challenge and as I get closer to number 29 they will become harder to find.
Monday, 30 May 2011
Saturday, 28 May 2011
I was really pleased to find these on eBay. Painted by Marjorie Batt in the late 1920's or early 30's, this simple pattern, with the yellow and grey, is very effective. It's also not a pattern I'd seen before and it suits an egg cup very well, as it looks pretty much like the cartoon broken edges of an egg shell, with of course yolk yellow inside. Originally there would have been one more companion, together with a matching tray.
Unfortunately though, it's not just the egg sells that have that been cracked in the past and each pot has quite bad damage. So a bit of a disappointment when they arrived in the post, but the seller at least agreed to refund half the cost, and I am now spurred on to find the missing (and in my dreams perfect) fourth pot.
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Pots with the Poole Studio mark are quite hard to find. When they appear on eBay, like this one, they're quickly snapped up and squirrelled away by collectors, like me. This plate has the mark used between 1964 and 1966 and was painted in 1966 by Carole Holden. I was born in the same year, though I know which of us has has aged less.
Saturday, 21 May 2011
I'd heard that the Green Diamond spice jars had also been made in red, but I didn't expect them to look like these. They must pre-date the Green Diamond jars, as both pots pictured here are hand thrown. They are also hand painted with the spice name scratched through the red band. Although the lettering is in the same style, or hand even, as the scene printed versions. They also have the same 1959-67 back stamp that the other jars have.
Friday, 20 May 2011
Poole Pottery nursery ware is a whole field of collecting into which I've not ventured until now . This mug dates from between 1934 and 37, the Nursery Rhymes series was designed by Dora Batty in 1921-22 and here Jack and Jill are painted by Marian Heath. I do try not to be overly sentimental and also try to avoid chipped pots. But there is something very sweet about named pottery and little John will be at least 74 years old by now.
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
A few years ago I was set on the goal of assembling a complete set of the Green Diamond Storage Jars that Robert Jefferson designed at Poole Pottery in 1963. I knew there were just six small jars and 4 larger ones, and it didn't turn out to be such a tall order. After a couple of months of looking on eBay I was able to proudly display the result on my website. My contentment was short lived however, as a few months later a 7th jar "Bay" appeared in a matt blue glaze. So the collecting never quite ends, and now here's "Curry", complete with authentic smelly cork stopper. One day, they will all be mine!
Sunday, 15 May 2011
This vase is decorated in the NB pattern by Rene Hayes sometime between 1926 and 1934. It's a more colourful version of the NA pattern also on this blog, and more colourful than most Deco Poole designs for that matter. The blue is particularly vibrant, quite thickly painted and the lighter colour that you find on a few Truda Carter deigns from this period. Anyway the result is quiet mesmerising.
Saturday, 14 May 2011
There isn't much more to say about this one. It's screen printed and hand coloured and a new addition to my collection of these little commemorative Poole Dishes. The image is taken from a drawing by Tony Morris and was also produced minus the top inscription.
Friday, 13 May 2011
Sunday, 8 May 2011
I sold one of these PQB pattern bowls on eBay in September last year. Then six months later another one appears on eBay and I end up buying it. So much for de-cluttering, but this is one of my favourite Contemporary Poole patterns and it doesn't take up a lot of space. The new bowl was painted by Pat Dightam between 1955 and '58. The one I sold dated from the same period and was painted by Diane Holloway.
Friday, 6 May 2011
There's about 4 colour combinations of this pattern. There's a blue and green version, a brown version and a really nice yellow and black one. This this colourful blue and yellow version, QO pattern, seems to be the most common, and I have a couple of other pots in this. I don't have anything in this shape though, with it's sweet horse shoe handles, and it's a great addition to the collection. The pot was painted by Hilda Trim sometime between 1926 and 1934.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Janet Parker Laird - Ceramic Artist (POOLE POTTERY, DELPHIS STUDIO 1969-1974): AS ART IS
Posted by Rob Barnsley at 15:25
This pattern, designed by Ruth Pavely in 1956/57, is also sometimes referred to as "Tears Pattern". Although I think it looks a bit more cheery than that. I found this pot on eBay a while back, but have just been prompted to post a picture after seeing an equally sweet cheerful little mustard pot here on Potshots blog