I've had this little lidded pot in my collection for quite a while, but never posted a photo on here. This jar is hand-thrown in shape 659 and painted in JC patten.
Sunday, 29 July 2012
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Monday, 23 July 2012
Thursday, 19 July 2012
this vase, which joined my collection just a few weeks ago. This beauty is marked with the :) mark for Dorothy James and dates from the late 1920's.
Friday, 13 July 2012
There are lots of reasons why this vase will not be living under the bed. For one thing, since it arrived in the post today, fresh from eBay, it will need to stand for quite a while, in a prime spot, on the mantelpiece, so I can keep on admiring it. For another, at close to 10 inches tall, I don't think it would fit under the bed. And then even if it did fit, imagine how frightening it would be having those bug eyes staring out at you.
I love this Truda Carter BX pattern, also referred to as "Bug Eyes". It has a great balance of colours, that are crammed into the whole vase surface. It has a simple, but maybe one of the most effective top borders, and the main pattern is absolutely bristling with movement. This is high Art Deco painted by Ruth Paveley in the early 1930's.
Thursday, 12 July 2012
This Aegean vase is also painted by Diana Davis and, although quite different in shape to the one in previous post, it also has the same shape number (31). The trainspotter (or maybe Trekkie) in me really is unsettled by this anomaly. This particular shape 31 is slip-cast rather than hand-thrown,and there's at least one other slip-cast no. 31 shape that I've seen, either in Aegean and Delphis glazes (many of the same shapes were used for both ranges. Worse still, it's not only 31 that does this shape-shifting: 83, 84 and no doubt 85 are all equally plastic. The only way I've been able to put my mind (and need for order) at ease, is to tell myself that these numbers refer to the vase size and not the shape. 31 is a size number - and to be doubly safe both vases are now going away, back under then bed.
Monday, 9 July 2012
This Aegean vase has been hiding under the bed for a couple of years now. It was hand-thrown, (shape number 31, 10 cm tall) and decorated, using the "silhouette" technique, in a swirly style that is typical of many Aegean designes. Signed on the underside by Diana Davis, it dates to between 1973 and 1978.
Saturday, 7 July 2012
The plan for shifting my collection towards bigger, better and inevitably fewer pots might be working a bit too well. In contrast to the weather outside, there seems to have been a complete drought in Poole. Fortunately, the years of squirreling pots away under beds might finally have paid off, with a weekend of rummaging and photographing producing quite a stash of new pictures to post over the coming weeks.
The first is a little 7 cm tall jug, with no shape number, made in the early to middle 1960's and glazed in Twin-tone colours Lime Yellow and Seagull (C103).
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Usually the more undecorated surface a Poole vase has, the less well it looks. But the NA pattern on this distinctive Poole shape works perfectly with the "chimney" portion left white. 16.5cm tall, 580 is the largest of, I think, 3 similar shapes (through the numbers 850, 581 and 853, suggest there might be a fourth middle-sized one). The vase was painted by Hilda Hampton between 1927 and 1934.