Wednesday, 7 July 2021

New find

I found this little pot (CN/370) on eBay earlier this year.  It's just 7.5cm tall and was painted by Ruth Pavely.  The grey ground dates it to sometime between 1922 and '24. 

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Keeping busy

I spent a rainy morning yesterday photographing all the pots I've collected over the last few years and never posted on this blog.   Even without buying more, I've got a supply of photos to keep me busy posting for the next couple of years.  This one is shape number 202 and painted in the PU pattern by Eileen Prangnell in the early 1930's and I won it at an auction with an online bid last summer.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

The rumours of my death....


Whatever kept me away for so long!  

The collecting has continued, though slowed to a more manageable pace, over the past 4 years.  It's also continued to narrow in focus on the 1920s and early '30s Poole era, and some more of my 60's pots have gone the way of all pottery onto eBay.  So there is quite a backlog of pots to post and now seemed a good time to start, if only to keep me from getting even more embroiled in TERF wars on Twitter.

This unglazed YM Pattern, shape 612 vase arrived cheep and dirty, but hairline crack sadly revealed by cleaning

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

New Address

GDPR has struck again!  For the last few years Rob's Poole Pottery Collection has been operating from this address funded by Google adverts.  Unfortunately, I've had to remove the Google adverts, because I don't have the IT skills to add those pop-up disclaimers to the site that are needed to make the adverts GDPR compliant.  So with the website no longer paying for itself, I've changed to a free of charge web host and a less catchy address Just in case you wanted to find it sometime.
The vase above is shape 208, NB pattern, painted by Rene Hayes sometime between 1926 and 1934.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

TP pattern

This is the second time I've owned a TP pattern vase, in this shape (399) and painted by Marjory Batt in the early 1930s.  The first one was badly cracked this one is perfect and will stay in my collection for a while.

Friday, 30 March 2018


EE isn't the most collectable pattern and dating to about 1935 this vase isn't particularly early, but it's chunky proportions and the fantastic Art Deco handles sold for me.   Shape number 973, on the base also is a sticker for the retailer, Alfred B Pearce and Co, 39 Ludgate Hill, London.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018


I found this bowl in Saltaire last year.  It has a short hairline crack on the rim, but I still bought it because the pattern is so unusual.  Made from a buff coloured stoneware and covered with grey slip, the marks on the base are faint, but I think its marked KQ pattern, the shape is D349, and it has the CSA mark that dates it to 1921 or 1922.

Saturday, 17 March 2018


This salt dish (shape 570) measures just just 4 cm tall.  It's decorated with the same PB pattern that can be found covering 25 cm tall vases, but Dorothy James has painted it in miniature to great effect. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


I've spent many hours, scrolling through eBay, trying to find full-sized, and usable, twin-tone tea cups.  They are so hard to find, because they are so massively outnumbered by, and look just the same as, their coffee sized brothers.  The impractical demitasses that survive so well, unused for years, in a thousand china cabinets.
But for once is was the diminutive size of this coffee cup, saucer and cake plate that caught my eye as a buy-it-now lot on eBay last year.  The 5 cm tall cup (shape number 664) and the saucer (665) were painted by Ruth Pavely in the EE pattern which does look at it's absolute best on this scale.  And though it's size and fine crazing make it impractical for use, it is ideal for display in my own china cabinet.
The soft focus on the photo isn't deliberate, but does perhaps quite suit this romantic and rather useless little cup