Saturday, 29 September 2012


Small though it is, at just two and a half inches tall, this vase is the middle sized of three pebble shapes (nos 51, 52, and 53) designed in 1963 for the Delphis Studio range.  Decorated with a green reactive glaze, this particular vase dates to between 1964 and 1966.

Friday, 21 September 2012


I think this is the first one of these little geometric patterned Art Deco vases that I found.  It came from the Keddlestone Hall Antiques Fair in 2007, the first time I went there.  Shape number 684, LD pattern, painted by Phyllis Way at some time between 1928 and 1934.

Friday, 14 September 2012

A starter for 10?

This hors d'oeuvres tray is a little later in date than the last, but shows the same pattern, complete and in full colour. The decorative veg, now labelled KUB (KUA, has a fishy theme) were painted by Gwen Haskins, and the dish has a factor mark used from 1959 to 1967.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Ruth Paveley Hors d'oeuvres

Here's a pot from under the spare bed, which I found first a few years ago at the Doncaster Race Course antiques fair. It was painted by Ruth Paveley in the late 1930's, which was the main reason I bought it as, at the time, it I didn't have anything else that she'd painted.  Shape number 501, in KU pattern designed by Truda Carter, it would have originally stood with five other companions on a wooden tray.

Monday, 10 September 2012

On eBay this Week

This model "The Bull" was designed by Pheobe Stabler in about 1914 and must have been made at Carter Stabler and Adams soon after the company was formed in 1921.  
Its currently on eBay and in true eBay spirit the seller started the listing at £0.99, but by the time I found it on there, eight hours later, it already had a bid of £900, with six days yet to go! So unfortunately I'll be leaving this one and make do with the image I've pinched (hope the seller doesn't mind).
See here for the full listing

Friday, 7 September 2012

Royal Lancastrian

Here's a Poole Pottery look-alike from eBay.  The base is stamped Lancastrian Pottery England, and the vase was made by Plilkingtons Royal Lancastrian Pottery. But the shape and dimensions are remarkably similar to the Delphis shape 41 vase below, a shape first introduced to Poole by John Adams in the 1930's.  I don't know if this is the result of an early cross-pollination between the two potteries but in 1964 the two tile factories did in fact merge, with Poole Pottery too being absorbed into same conglomerate in 1971. 

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Timeless pattern

At first glance my latest eBay find looks pretty convincing as a piece of Art Deco pottery.  But don't worry, I  wasn't fooled!  Although the BM design is by Truda Carter, the factory stamp dates the plate to after 1970 and it's signed by Carolyn Davies who worked at Poole from 1976 until 1987.  It's painted on the same 10",  shape No.4 used for the Delphis and Aegean ranges made during the same period.  Which is a really satisfying shallow-bowl like shape, and unlike older pots, it has no crazing, rings like a bell and cost a fraction of the price.
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