Friday, 30 March 2012

A bit unseasonable

Like the weather my buying has run into a bit of a dry spell during March.  Maybe I've finally managed to use more discernment and just buy pots that really get me excited, but luckily there are still plenty out there that can do that.  Anyway, I have a few photos that have been hanging around at the bottom of the barrel for a while now waiting to be posted.  This tea plate is painted in the "Falling Leaves" pattern designed by Ruth Paveley in the 1950's.  The Plate shape was designed by Alfred Read at about the same time.  And  while it's not made it to the top of my collection, it's nicer than most tea plates and still seems far too nice to scratch with cutlery.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Small but mighty 117/EE

Poole Pottery Art Deco Vase 117 EE
I had a bit of a run of finding these little three and a half inch tall vases earlier this year and this is one of the nicest I think.  The EE pattern is painted by either by Grace Burge or Marian Jones, depending on which side of 1930 it was made.  And although I'm probably too familiar with this EE pattern, shrinking it to fit such a small vase does give it a bit more oomph. 

Saturday, 24 March 2012


Or Poolehagen maybe.  This 5 inch pin dish, decorated using a wax resist technique, certainly has a very Scandinavian look.  Robert Jefferson had spent time in Scandinavia before his appointment as head of design at Poole, and his experiences there are thought to have influenced his later designs and the development of the Poole Studio wares.   It has no artist mark but bares the Poole Studio mark for 1962-64.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Back to my own more humble pots

Poole Pottery Art Deco Vase 583 XK
Shape number 583 (8.5cm tall) XK pattern painted by Lily Pedley who was working at Poole from 1924 until 1932, I think this is the perfect size and a good shape for this pattern.  It came to me as part of a job lot from eBay a couple of weeks ago.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Pots that pass muster

These beauties belong to a Scottish collector of Poole I've been in contact with online.  I posted a photo of the of the yellow spotted horse at the end of last year when it was listed on eBay, and I knew that poaching a photo was the nearest I was going to get to owning it. Well my cheek has since been rewarded by the rightful owner who emailed me photos of the whole herd.  Designed by John Adams in 1934.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Extra Bokhara

This Jam pot is painted by Mary Lowman in the OEB pattern designed by Robert Jefferson to decorate the Bokhara Jars that Poole was making in the 1960s.  The preserve jar shape, certainly the lid, seems to be more in the style of the "Contour" tableware that Jefferson designed about the same time.  There seems to have been quite a bit of rather free and easy mixing of patterns and shapes at Poole.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Where have I seen that before?

Poole Pottery Art Deco Vase 113 FN
This vase was listed on eBay for quite a few weeks before I finally bit.  It's quite a simple pattern really, but not without its charms and I've not seen that many of them before, though there is something very familiar about the purple flower.  I know it looks a bit like the papyrus flowers on ancient Egyptian paintings, and in that sense it's typically Art Deco, but if viewed as purple tails on yellow shooting stars it starts to look a lot more 1970.  I just cant place it, Wonder Woman's costume? Something from Sgt Pepper, or the Yellow Submarine film?  I'd love to place it.
Anyway, shape number 133, FN pattern painted by Myrtle Bond sometime between 1934 and 37.

Friday, 9 March 2012


My latest Delphis dish, has the mark for Carolyn Bartlett who workers at Poole from 1962 to 65 but the factory stamp dates from 1966, so either its a very late piece for her or someone else took over using the same mark.  Anyway I like this shape (no 82, 17" long) and liked this particular dish because I have a little 5" pin dish in the same glazes and painters mark.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Needs must

I have an old blogging friend in Sheffield who I know will be horrified by my blatant commercialism (and she may use more frank terms than that if she sees this). Anyway, in a desperate bid to raise money for a new pot I'm hoping to buy, the pots below are all up for sale on eBay this week.

and here

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Jazzy little LT pattern

This vase is only 10cm tall, I've not seen the LT on anything much taller, but the shape is lovely.  It reminds me of the conical glass measuring beakers that chemists used. It was painted by Marian Jones and for this shape it's a little older than I thought dating from 1930 to 34.

Friday, 2 March 2012

A sure sign of Spring

Spring seemed to arrive in Sheffield this week, with temperatures rising and longer days, the birds are singing, and i'm sure if we had any, bears would be waking up from hibernation.  This carving, though bear shaped, is about mouse size, was made in Switzerland c1920 and was sold on eBay earlier this year.
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