Friday, 29 July 2011

Poole Pottery Celebrating Thomas Hardy Festival 1968

This plate dates from 1968 - fifty years after Thomas Hardy died.  The trapezoid shape was first used for Delphis decoration in 1966, and the early examples, I think, like the dish here, have little feet at the back to stand on, rather than a complete foot ring.  The raised decoration is also reminiscent of (if much less sophisticated than) the early Poole portrait plaques and tiles made during world war 1, that used a Tremblay technique to give a quite photographic likeness.


  1. Hi Rob,

    I think you'll find that Thomas Hardy died in 1928 so this plate was in fact to mark the 40th anniversay of his death and not the fiftieth as stated in your blog.

    1. Thanks - I am a total philistine


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