Saturday, 30 September 2017


This Studland pattern coffee pot came together with a few cups and saucers and a sugar bowl.  I don't have room to display those other pieces, but the coffee pot looks good standing among other decorative, less functional ware. Studland tableware was designed by Harold Stabler in 1930 and the shapes were clearly influenced by his earlier work as a silversmith. The apple green glaze was created by John Adams. 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Garden City

This bowl was lot 227 in the same Hansons' 27th June 2016 sale in which the pot in the previous post was listed.  I did really well that day!
It was cataloged as having a floral skyscraper design. but I've always seen this LP pattern as a much more straight forward roses and trellis design with Art Deco chinoiserie styling, that sits comfortably alongside other rose and trellis patterns, PU and PI.  So to prove me right, I googled "early skyscrapers", thinking that they would all be pointy and Chrysler-like, but in fact there are quite a few boxy ones from the 1930's. So maybe floral skyscraper isn't so far-fetched.

Saturday, 23 September 2017


I like this vase for the slightly cogwheel styling of the flowers.  The overlapping and concentric circles on this and other Poole patterns remind me also of the Sonia and Robert Delaunay paintings of the teens and twenties of the 20th century. So this vase was definitively on-trend when it was made in the late 1920's or early 1930's. It's 18 cm tall, shape number 575 (I think), pattern DX, painted by Ruth Pavely and it was lot 151 in the 27th June 2016 Hansons' Decorative Arts sale.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Wobbly jug

I love this little jug.  The thick tin glaze, on a pot so small, gives it a really wobbly look.  It's made from buff coloured stoneware, measures a little over 7 cm tall, and is marked with the first CSA factory mark, shape number T324, a pattern mark that I think is /A and a painters mark that I cant decipher.
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