Friday, 26 August 2011

Trading-up ever so slightly

This 9cm vase is shape number 361 and is JV pattern painted by Ruth Gough, I would say, in 1934.  It's almost identical to a vase I already have that can be seen here, though the shape (no. 136) is very slightly more narrow, and crucially this new vase is a whole year earlier in date.  Which, for me anyway, makes if a whole lot nicer as it's made out of the red earthenware clay Poole stopped using in 1934.

MK pattern vase

This little vase 10cm tall vase in MK pattern came from eBay a month or so ago.  It's a pattern I've not seen until now, and was painted by Marian Heath in the early 1930's.  The a band of repeated "sprigs" of flowers,  I could imagine could have also have been used singly on some pots. 

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Tiny Mustard Pot - Shape 276

Photos sometimes give no sense of scale.  This mustard pot is under three inches tall, so it's a great size for this little geometric pattern (VL) that just about covers the whole surface.  I found it on eBay earlier this month.  Sadly there's a big hairline crack running almost from the rim to the base, but at least that meant it wasn't expensive at just 99 pence.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Aegean Oakleaf

I like Aegean plates best with a dark black/brown and good contrast colourful (not brown) pattern.  Which means I don't find very many Aegean pots to collect.  Anyway Poole did quite a few of these leaf patterns which I think were made using a sgaffito technique, scratching off the dark glaze to reveal the yellow underneath.  This one was decorated by Diana Davis and came to me via the Lincoln Antiques Fair.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Poole Pottery Candle Holder

This eBay purchase is another departure for me, but I've been eyeing up candle holders like this for a while.  There's one for a single candle with a shell-like scroll shape, that I hoped to find first, but ended up with this double version, and I think there are other holders for 3 or more candles too.  The glaze is called "seagull" and the shape (no 977) was probably designed by John Adams and Harry Brown in the mid to late 1930's.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Unglazed Poole Vase EV/979

I found this one on eBay last week.  It's an example of unglazed wares that Poole Pottery were making from about 1921 until the early 1930's.  The patterns were originally designed by James Radley Young for similar, but much more primitive looking, unglazed pots that he was producing during the the years of World War 1.  These patterns were later adapted by Truda carter.  The painting in brown and terracotta slips is much more precise than the earlier pots, and this example is EV pattern, painted by Hilda Trim.  The vase has a clear glazed interior, that's resisted crazing and the body was, I think, fired at a higher temperature and is as a result relatively less porous. Making it a perfectly usable and durable vase, though it was really quite grubby when it came to me.  It's 9 inches tall.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Blue Lace Glaze Storage Jar

Here's one storage jar from a range of kitchen and tableware designed by Guy Sydenham and Tony Morris in 1967.  Initially coloured in one of two reactive glazes, this one "Blue Lace" and a mottled green called "Sea Crest", this shape and others was also treated to "Traditional " painted patterns.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Early HH Pattern Chamber Stick

I just about forgot this one, but found it again today hiding in a box under the bed in the guest room.  Won on eBay earlier this year, it has a couple of nasty chips on the top rim (which is why it was in the box), but at the time I had to buy it, because the shape and pattern are both so gorgeous.  It's an early example and the grey glaze dates it to between 1922 and 1924.  It's shape number 261, LD pattern painted by Ethel Barrett.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Poole Pottery Bear

The thought of collecting small animal figurines never occurred to me until fairly recently, and as yet I'm not altogether comfortable with it.  This bear is, I think, a later adaptation of one of a series of six bear cubs designed by Marjorie Drawbell in 1948/49.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

New Stoneware Coffee Pot

Once I started with the milk jug and sugar bowl (posted a few weeks back) I had to keep an eye out for the coffee pot, and in no time really found this one on eBay.  It's a complicated shape with it's seated lid and carved decoration, and must have been very time consuming to make.

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