Sunday, 10 June 2012

Erna Manners Grapes Pattern

A couple of pots in this pattern have passed through my hands over the years, but this one I'm going to keep.  There are some combinations of pattern and shape that just work perfectly and in my eyes this is one of those.  The pattern seem to fit naturally, with the vine trailing along the shoulder of the vase and the grapes hanging off. The center and fattest part of the bunch of grapes also sits squarely in the fattest part of the vase giving the grapes a little extra 3-dimensionality.  There even seems to be something grape-like about the vase shape itself. Anyway the shape number is 348 (12 cm tall), and the pattern TR, painted by Vera Bridle who worked at Poole between 1923 and 1933. 

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