Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Sharing the Joy

 These two Robert Jefferson designed (1964) Bokhara storage jars came from eBay a week or so ago.  At 12 cm tall they are the second smallest of 4 sizes made, and as can be seen in the picture below, I am now only missing the largest to make the set complete in this JC pattern .  That may take a few more years as they really don't appear very often, but until then I am sharing the joy (or splitting the cost) of this latest find by re-listing one of the two new jars back on eBay here

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Jam Pots to Go

It took a while to collect these three contemporary patterns jam pots, but for the last few years, like so many other pots, they have been stored away in boxes out of sight. So it really doesn't make sense keeping them, and for once I'm listening to reason (my partner!) and listing them on eBay.  From left to right patterns Ariadne (OS), Ripple (OV), and  Constelation (OK). All designed by Alfred Read in 1953.

Links to all 3 listings below

eBay listing
eBay listing
eBay listing

Friday, 25 April 2014

A Bit Rough Around the Edges and Just About Perfect

Apart from the heavily thrown shape and the blurred, wabbley and sometimes absent decoration, this early Carter & Co, tin-glazed, stoneware vase (c1915) unfortunately also has an old chip on the rim.  Otherwise it's absolutely perfect.  Signed MC and carrying a hand inscribed mark reading Carter and Co Poole on its upturned base.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

What Friends are for

I called in to the Victoria and Albert Museum last weekend, dragging behind me a long suffering friend who was putting me up for the night.  Fortunately perhaps for him, the ceramic galleries were closed (due to high visitor numbers in the museum as a whole?) but in Room 74 I did manage to find this Roger Fry designed Tin-glazed earthenware part tea service made by Carter & Co for the Omega Workshop in 1915.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Six Pack

Happy Easter! These "Circus Tent" WL Pattern egg cups arrived from ebay just in time.  All painted by Hilda Trim in the late 1920's or early '30's.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Three Bears


These wild cubs were made by Royal Copenhagen. I'm not sure when.  There is a forth I've seen on eBay that might join them at some point, though three seems to be a better number.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

More Purbeck

Here's a nice companion for this slightly smaller Purbeck dish that I found a while ago. 

Saturday, 12 April 2014


This 5" shape 49 pin dish came from eBay recently.  It has the 1962-64 Poole Studio mark and matches this bird pin dish that I found a few years ago.  Although the green glaze on the fish dish has a nicer, rougher,  underwater-like,  texture. I wonder if there are any other animals out there.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Dodgy Dates

Carved shape number 83 Delphis vase with painters mark recorded as being used by Patricia Churchouse until 1965, though the vase dates from 1967 or so.  Found at the Newark fair last week.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Out of the Potting Shed

This little plant pot and drip tray arrived from eBay, complete with a little limescale around the base from 90 or so years of use, but otherwise in pristine condition.  So maybe potting compost doesn't stain Poole plant pots like jam or marmalade seems to stain Poole preserve jars.  Shape number 561 (pot) and 562 (tray) about 4 inches tall, painted in AQ pattern by Gertie Warren in about 1927, this little plant pot seems like rare survivor.  I tend not to buy, or post many photos, of these "sprig" patterned pots, but this pattern has a nice Art Deco angularity and I've not seen many plant pot shapes before either. And I think the the local garden center would charge more than £10.76 for something quite horrible and mass produced.
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