Friday, 30 September 2011

V and LT shape no 117

I won these little (9cm tall) vases on eBay at the start of the summer.  I've got another couple of patterns in the same shape too.  It's a nice collectable shape, because it's small and easy to display lots of them together.  But there's a dilemma: Do I collect more pots in this shape - as many different patterns in the same shape as I can? or are there other shapes I'd prefer? It's all very confusing!  And I'm worried that the only answer is to collect them all, every pattern in every shape that I can find!  
It maybe that lots of things that people collect have the same bewildering range of variations.  These "Traditional" Poole vases were only made over a 10 year period, or there abouts, between 1924 and '34, in a small factory employing about 4 throwers and 20 or so painters, and 70 years on, after 5 years of collecting, I'm still seeing shapes and patterns that I've never seen before.  I rarely see the same pot (shape/pattern combination) twice and I'm sure there must be so many that I'll never see.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Poole Pottery Cheese Box 978/OG

Poole made a whole range of different lidded and domed pots.  Shape number 978 here is described in the Hayward and Atterbury book as a cheese box.   The lid is only 5 inches in diameter, and looks like it would hold little more than a "baby-bel", but maybe a small Camembert could be squeezed in.  The pattern is OG and it was painted by Hilda Hampton in the early 1930's and was sold to me at the Bakewell Antiques Fair this summer.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Mary Albon Pin Dish

It's a while since I bought any Delphis pots and I've had this shape no. 49 pin dish for a good few months now, so its high time I posted a photo.  This one was painted by Mary Albon between 1970 and 1972.  I had a similar yellow dish that I sold on eBay a few years ago, which was bought by Mary Albon herself.  Which is when she told me that the dates she is listed as working on Delphis in the Hayward and Atterbury book (1972-74) are in fact out by 2 years.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Robert Jefferson Mermaid Tray 1964

My collection of these Robert Jefferson trays is getting bigger slowly.  There are two others on the blog for anyone who's interested in searching under the tag for Robert Jefferson, and there are a couple of birds and a fish tray and plaque made about the same time.  Unfortunately these are the ones I really want, so I'll just have to keep searching.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

EJ Pattern Vase

I've been away on holiday for a couple of weeks, which put a hold on collecting for a while (though I did look in a couple of antique shops while away). but this vase arrived from eBay a week or so before we set off.  There are a few Poole patterns in this predominantly yellow, beige and purple palette which are quite densely decorated. This one is EJ pattern, the shape is 424 and it was painted by Marian Heath in the early 1930's.  
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