This XA pattern, shape number 202 vase was painted by Marian Heath in the early 1930's. I won it on eBay earlier this month and I'm really quite pleased with it. It's 7 inches tall, but with the width measuring the same it still has a fair presence. It's twin handles also add to it's appeal and rarity. But it's the globular form, that works so well the flowing curves of the pattern, that I like most.
Friday, 25 May 2012
I found this little stoneware bowl last weekend at the Doncaster Racecourse Antiques Fair. I'ts the first bit of Purbeck Pottery that I've collected and I'm not sure if its will be the last, or if it's the start of a whole new collecting line. I don't know very much about Purbeck Pottery but I know it was set up in 1966 by a group of Poole Pottery Employees and that Robert Jefferson joined them after he left Poole in 1967. I don't as yet know when my dish was made but I will enjoy finding out.
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
This sweet little vase is shape number 585 and painted in WL pattern. I found it last weekend at the Antiques Fair at Doncaster Racecourse. It was painted in the Late 1920 or early 30's, but has a painters mark that I haven't seen recorded before. The mark could reads as WT and there was a painter working at Poole in the 1920's called Winnie Tucker, so maybe it's by her. But as yet it's another unidentified mark to go with the others on my website.
Saturday, 19 May 2012
I've been the proud owner of the WL pattern sundae dish for a while now so high time I posted a photo. It's shape number 482, five and a half inches in diameter, and was painted by Ethel Barrett who worked at Poole between 1922 and 1927.
Although the weekend is only half way through, my Poole ambitions have already looking up, with me lifting little more than a finger (or, at a stretch, maybe six fingers and a two thumbs). The Cottees Poole Pottery Auction took place today and two bids I phoned in yesterday have come out on top. I've also finally managed to smarten up the readers pots page on my website (that's what the fingers were for). And there's still tomorrow, and the Doncaster Race Course Antiques Fair to come.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
This Delphis plate is 8 inches in diameter, shape number 3 and has a nice range of blue colours. The only thing that lets it down is that there's no painters mark.
The Victoria and Albert Museum Pages on my Poole website have undergone a bit of a renovation this week also, with some photos from their new ceramics gallery.
Monday, 14 May 2012
Friday, 11 May 2012
Here is the third of my Guy Sydenham Poole pottery items i found on eBay recently. This one came with a missing mustard pot lid, but for some reason I had one of those already, which matches perfectly. Nice to reunite them, and the missing lid probably put a few other bidders off, so the rest of the cruet came to me at a bargain price.
Monday, 7 May 2012
I was really pleased to find the left hand coffee pot last year and this year have the one on the right to add to it. They're both from the New Stoneware range designed by Guy Sydenham in 1967. The coffee pots were hand thrown by Alan White, the other peices were made on the jigger or jolly and then carved by Chris O'Donoghue http://www.studiopottery.com/cgi-bin/mp.cgi?item=83 . The left hand one is in a colour called Serpentine and the new one is Pampas. An awful lot of effort must have gone into making them and I wonder just how many were made and have since survived. So I was all the more happy that my latest coffee pot came complete with its milk jug, sugar bowl and six perfect cups and saucers.
Thursday, 3 May 2012
I now have three of these storage jars designed by Guy Sydenham and Tony Morris between 1967 and '68. The Green glaze is Sea Crest: The other Blue Lace. The larger Blue Lace jar has a really nice defined pattern of deep blue and frothy white with the whole jar becoming more frothy towards the top. My latest addition on the right has the same blue glaze but it looks like it hasn't fired quite so well and has a more uniform mottling.
This is the first of three Guy Sydenham related finds I've made this week, so more to follow later.