Thursday, 28 November 2013

Spear again

Here's another really quite gorgeous spear shaped Delphis dish that was on eBay recently.  It has a thought through design, subtle reds, and a nice strong blue with a bit of texture. Painted by Christine Tate. So definitely another one for keeping, and not gone tomorrow.  
Third one this month - I just need to find someway of displaying them all.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Guy Sydenham Jugs

I won these two amazing sculptural jugs at the Cottees Poole Pottery sale last weekend.  I like them so much that posting just one photo just wont do. The Jugs were one of a group of Guy Sydenham lots that had been entered into the sale by Guy's wife Joan Sydenham, so I guess, they had been part of their own collection from the time that Guy made them.  The glaze and carving is very similar to the Poole Pottery Atlantis ware that Guy developed, but these were made in his studio on Long Island in Poole Harbour.  Both jugs have an impressed GS Island mark with two duck feet just under the handles, which dates them to between 1960-1968 - I think.

These Jugs have also inspired a new page on my website

Friday, 22 November 2013

And the Leaves that are Green Turn to Brown

November is almost over, but it's been a late Autumn this year and this plate is really quite vibrant, I think, for Aegean. Which is why it stood out at the Doncaster Racecourse antiques fair a couple of weeks ago.  Unsigned, shape no.3, 8" diameter.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Could Try Harder

Cottees Auctioneers in Wareham held one of their Poole Pottery sales yesterday. I was bidding online and won just one of the dozen or so lots I tried for.  The four spice jars above were the first of my lots to come up, and although I lost these, I now wish I had tried a bit harder to win them.  It's just hard bidding twice the estimate for pots with so much damage to them.  
I have my own set of jars here and V&A have their lone Pepper and Currents jars, but I had no idea that Peppercorn, Ginger, Mixed Spice and Nutmeg ever existed until I saw these pot  listed in the sale.    So at least, now I know there are more jars out there to complete my collection, and very possibly more than the four shown here.  I just need to keep a look out over the next few decades waiting for them to come my way.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Full Steam Ahead for Delphis

In recent years my Delphis buying has tailed off to a dead-slow pace, but in the past few weeks eBay has been awash with too much Delphis gorgeousness for me to resist.  This Spear dish was painted by Carol Holden, I think,  in 1968.  '68 was the year that this spear shape was introduced and this dish like other early ones has no foot ring, but instead little stubby feet. So I think it dates from the first year and it is so beautiful that I just couldn't let it all sail by.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Shirley Campbell

A bit slow in posting, but here's the second Delphis plate.   This one is shape no. 4, it's just over 10 inches in diameter and painted by Shirley Campbell in the late 1960's.

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