I wonder if this card was sold at the Grieves Gallery, Old Bond Street, London. That's the address given on the front of this postcard anyway and on the back is reads, "Poole Pottery has gained many distinctions at international exhibitions including two Diplomes d'honneur at the 1925 Exposition des Arts Decoratifs at Paris." It also says, "Visitors are admitted to the Works to see the Pottery being made" and "This is a real Photograph" in case perhaps that people didn't believe their eyes.
Saturday, 28 December 2013
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Perhaps festive looking, or at least colourful, I've had this shape no.4 Delphis plate painted by Loretta Leigh for quite a few months and today is the day to share it. Latter in date, at 1970, than a lot of the Delphis ware on this blog, it's the blue colour that makes it for me.
Sunday, 15 December 2013
It seems that may have happened to this whopping 2 1/2 pinter, at least judging by the dirt in the bottom. Its made from stoneware and dates from the early 1920's. Has a shape number T315, but no decorators mark or pattern name.
It came from Ebay last week and has cleaned up quite nicely, but in doing so has also revealed the hairline flaw that probably led to it's original fall from grace. So a disappointing buy, but in it's dirty state I'm sure the seller wouldn't have seen any damage and sold it quite honestly, and it's future now rest in my green fingers.
Monday, 9 December 2013
When I found this jam pot at Lincoln last week, I thought I new exactly what I was looking at, but now I'm a bit less sure. I'ts signed by Cynthia Bennett and is also marked with shape number 375 ABA, it has a factory mark used between 1970 and 1999. I thought I had finally found my first pot from the Dorset range that Poole made in the late 1970's, but this pattern is quite different to the ABA pattern show in the Hayward and Atterbury book. I'd love to hear from anyone who can tell me more.
Friday, 6 December 2013
It's nothing to do with this Shape 81 Delphis plate that came to me from eBay a couple of months ago. But on and off through the day I've been watching the BBC tributes to Nelson Mandala. And as the day's gone on I've begun to recognise the pivotal role the BBC played in freeing him from prison and in ending apatheid in South Africa.
Although my memory of BBC reporting, at least during the 1980's, is at odds with this, it now seems possible that Nelson Mandela political philosophy was based on stuff that the BBC told him. And the BBC also created Dr Who and saved the world from Daleks.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
There's not much of a story-line to this fantasy, it starts with me spotting some rare and valuable object in the bottom of a skip or in a jumble sale or charity shop and ends with me taking it home. But I think the subject, Poole Atlantis ware, just fits the tale so well, with it's brown lumpiness, I can imagine lots of collectors of Royal Worcester or Spode, completely passing it by, or throwing it into the skip in the first place.
Of course there's not much chance of my fantasy ever been realised (I never seem to have time to get round charity shops and I've not looked in a skip since giving up my allotment a year ago), but I thought I came close to it on Monday at the Lincoln Show Ground this week. Surrounded by a mix of other, much more shiny, pots, the little vase above stood out like a rose among thorns for any collector of Poole. I was right there at the start of my fantasy, with the bubble being bust only when if became apparent that the stall holder had knew all about Poole and was asking a realistic price for her vase. Anyway, I still got to take it home, and money aside, I did still find it in a field in Lincolnshire.
Shape number A2/2, potted by Beatrice Bolton between 1972 and '74.
Monday, 2 December 2013
Today (at least) I managed to resist the collective pressure of online retailers and TV media "news" reports, and not shop online during "Cyber Monday".
Instead me and a friend visited the antiques fair at the Lincoln Show Ground: The results of which I'll photograph and post pictures here in the next few days. Until then, it's high time I shared this jam pot that came from eBay a month or so ago.
It was made in 1921 or '22 from grey coloured stoneware, covered unevenly with a grey glaze and decorated with repeated "sprigs" of blue flowers, with a pattern code H. The shape number T288 is the same as the later and much more refined shape of jam pot Poole made throughout the later '20s and '30s. But here the bowl is more barrel like, the lid much more flat in profile, and there's no teardrop shaped finial.
It does feel like it comes from a more simple and less commercial time. Which in 1921 must have been the very impression the makers intended.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Here's another really quite gorgeous spear shaped Delphis dish that was on eBay recently. It has a thought through design, subtle reds, and a nice strong blue with a bit of texture. Painted by Christine Tate. So definitely another one for keeping, and not gone tomorrow.
Third one this month - I just need to find someway of displaying them all.
Sunday, 24 November 2013
I won these two amazing sculptural jugs at the Cottees Poole Pottery sale last weekend. I like them so much that posting just one photo just wont do. The Jugs were one of a group of Guy Sydenham lots that had been entered into the sale by Guy's wife Joan Sydenham, so I guess, they had been part of their own collection from the time that Guy made them. The glaze and carving is very similar to the Poole Pottery Atlantis ware that Guy developed, but these were made in his studio on Long Island in Poole Harbour. Both jugs have an impressed GS Island mark with two duck feet just under the handles, which dates them to between 1960-1968 - I think.
These Jugs have also inspired a new page on my website www.robspoolepottery.co.uk/guy_sydenham.htm
Friday, 22 November 2013
Sunday, 17 November 2013
I have my own set of jars here http://robspoolepotterycollection.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/early-storage-jars.html and V&A have their lone Pepper and Currents jars, but I had no idea that Peppercorn, Ginger, Mixed Spice and Nutmeg ever existed until I saw these pot listed in the sale. So at least, now I know there are more jars out there to complete my collection, and very possibly more than the four shown here. I just need to keep a look out over the next few decades waiting for them to come my way.
Saturday, 16 November 2013
In recent years my Delphis buying has tailed off to a dead-slow pace, but in the past few weeks eBay has been awash with too much Delphis gorgeousness for me to resist. This Spear dish was painted by Carol Holden, I think, in 1968. '68 was the year that this spear shape was introduced and this dish like other early ones has no foot ring, but instead little stubby feet. So I think it dates from the first year and it is so beautiful that I just couldn't let it all sail by.
Saturday, 2 November 2013
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Friday, 25 October 2013
Poole Pottery produced commemorative plates for quite a few companies that, for some reason, went bust shortly afterwards. There's probably more to it than that though http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Telephones_and_Cables
Sunday, 20 October 2013
Saturday, 19 October 2013
This came from a fellow collector, via eBay a few weeks ago. It dates from the 1930's and is from a range of Chinese Blue glazed wares designed by John Adams. The glaze on these pots must have have always been ground down flat after firing. As it seems, with this pot, most of the glaze flowed to the base, at which point its several millimeters thick.
Sunday, 13 October 2013
I can't do better then to repeat the previous owners description of this- An original poster from the halcyon days of Christies Decorative arts sales in South Kensington. My mum and I used to buy/sell there and we acquired the poster from someone we knew. As far as I remember they were not available for sale. The large poster is 30x 20 inches and details the sale on the 10th Sept 1990 , when Poole Pottery made great amounts at auction and the sale felt like a real day out for collectors. It would make a great addition to a collection but would need to be mounted behind glass, as sadly it has seen better days. There are fine crease marks all over, some stains, and small rips to some edges, but still a rare piece.
Posted by Rob Barnsley at 15:51
Saturday, 12 October 2013
Saturday, 5 October 2013
Although I'd like to think that the great man himself would have appreciated this plate. It has made me realise that there really isn't enough room in my house for his namesake pottery or any other pot not made by Poole. The plate is 8 inches in diameter (shape no.3) as a TV shaped Poole Studio mark that dates it to between 1962 and 1964.
Thursday, 26 September 2013
Saturday, 21 September 2013
Bet you can't guess which one lives in my collection. Well, maybe you can. The bear on the left has a lovely sniffing habit and is one of six designed by Marjorie Drawbell in 1948. It sold on eBay this week for £282. It has a Poole stamp on the sole of it's left foot and probably has a large house in Sandbanks. My bear on the right, is a later copy and similar bears regularly sell for about £10. He lives in a box under a spare bed in Sheffield.
Sunday, 15 September 2013
I won this vase on eBay a few months ago, then squirreled it away safely behind glass, then forgot all about posting it on here. It seems a waste hiding them away - which is partly why I keep posting photos on the blog - and this one really is worth sharing. The pattern is LV, painted by Rene Hayes in the early 1930's, and the vase has a fabulous Deco shape (no. 576), but most of all it makes a fantastic companion for the smaller (shape 510) and more common LT pattern vase below.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
I really like this little pin dish and I think its the first of it's kind I've seen. While the Poole factory (dolphin) mark on the back dates it to between 1959 and 1967, the dolphin on the front closely resembles the factory mark introduced in 1962 for use on Poole Studio and continued with the later Delphis wares. So I wonder which came first.
Saturday, 7 September 2013
Just coming to the end of two weeks off work, during which I've crammed in a trip to Provincetown and a long overdue update of my website. I'm not sure which was the more exhausting.
Pages to look out for:
And I'm off for a long soak in the bath.
Posted by Rob Barnsley at 07:48
Thursday, 5 September 2013
It may be a very tenuous connection to this blog.....But the little point-and- shoot Olympus VR-310, used for most of the images here and on the website, recently got a load of dust inside (somewhere between the lens and the bit that stands in for film) that began messing up all of my photos. The dust came from my pocket no doubt, as it's also the camera I carry around on holidays, but despite Google searches there seemed to be no way of cleaning it. Until I had the bright idea of sticking the Dyson over the end of the lens and voila! Totally clean and so far still working. Obviously, I'm not advising anyone else try this, as I'm sure the vac could suck out all kinds of vital gubbins, and I don't want to be held responsible for you breaking your expensive camera, but it worked for me and I just had to share it.
Anyway the butter dish above, sans dust, is in the CG or "Oakleaf" pattern from about 1930.
Sunday, 1 September 2013
I have some counting to do, but think this will be the 49th shape number 49 pin dish posted on my web page (when I get round to it) here http://www.robspoolepottery.co.uk/Poole_Pottery_Delphis_49er_Gallery.htm It's not the end of the road though, there will always be better looking dishes out there, but adopting a one in/one out rule will help with storage.
Painted by Patricia Wells in 1966.
Friday, 23 August 2013
Saturday, 17 August 2013
I don't make too many bad buys, but here's the third pot that came from Elescar last weekend, this time from the antiques center around the corner from the fair. in the dim light of the shop, it looked like a really usable jug, hand thrown and coloured with an Apple Green glaze developed by John Adams dating from the late 1930's, and about one pint in size. It wasn't until I unwrapped it back at home that I noticed a horrible crack right across the handle, that had completely escaped me first time round. So in the end a rather useless plain green Jug.
Posted by Rob Barnsley at 09:32
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Here's the second item from the Elesecar fair last weekend. Not the vase this time, but the stand. I've owned this John Adams Chinese Blue vase for quite a few years now. And if it was sold with a stand originally, as some of these were, they must have parted company long ago. So I was pleased to find a stand that fits (I have several others that don't) and really do think it gives the vase a bit of a lift.
Monday, 12 August 2013
It's not the biggest fair in the world, but the monthly Elsecar Antiques Fair rarely disappoints. This 5 inch Delphis pin dish, the best of three items I found there yesterday, was priced too keenly to haggle over.
Looking fresh as a daisy, it was painted by Angela Wyburgh in about 1969.
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Sunday, 4 August 2013
Just discovered that was designed by someone called Kari Christensen.
Posted by Rob Barnsley at 03:22
Friday, 26 July 2013
Sunday, 21 July 2013
Saturday, 6 July 2013
Monday, 1 July 2013
Painted by Margaret Anderson in 1966, this 8 inch Delphis plate has the blue Poole dolphin mark (found on other plates from the same year) that was the result of the black stamp interacting with magnolia glaze used on plates underside. A white glaze was used on the bottom of these pots from 1967 onward, so later plates have a truer black mark.
I've finally made a start on a long overdue update of some of the pages on the main website, adding new photos, the first of which is at http://www.robspoolepottery.co.uk/poole_pottery_miscellaneous_Gallery.htm#Single Colour Reactive Glazes and hopefully there will be more to follow.
Monday, 24 June 2013
Monday, 17 June 2013
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
I returned empty handed from the Lincoln antiques fair today. There were a few Poole Pottery items at this giant fair, but only one pot that dated from before the last 1960's and that was cracked. Which makes me realise again just how hard collecting would be without eBay.
The 4 inch tall beaker or spill vase above, was sold online earlier this year. Painted by Ethel Barrett during the early 1920's in LC pattern, one of several Truda Adams adaptations of the "Portuguese Stripe" patterns designed by James Radley Young in Poole's earlier years.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Titter ye not, this shape number 85 vase is 18 inches tall, and I'm sure would have taken special skills in throwing. It's the biggest Delphis vase Poole made and very collectable for that. It's also the first 85 shape in my collection, because I've always previously been out bid on them. It dates from the early 1970's and I think painted by Carole Holden, though she's listed as working on the Aegean range at this time.
Thursday, 23 May 2013
I collected this vase at the same time as the dish in the previous post. It has the original Aarhus Biuis retail sticker and a whole range of other Royal Copenhagen marks on the base. Both pots are now in my bathroom as I recon the high fired pottery will be impervious to the changes in temperature and humidity in there, and if I happened to knock one from its perch, whatever it landed, bath, sink, tiles - would come off far worse.
Posted by Rob Barnsley at 14:47
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
I found this dish (and a vase I'll post next) at the last Weatherby Racecourse fair. I've got a couple of smaller dishes like this. One in a white and blue pattern and one in these same yellow and black colours, but decorated with a stylised bird. They date from about 1960 and if I didn't collect Poole already I might just collect these myself.
Posted by Rob Barnsley at 13:35
Saturday, 11 May 2013
Monday, 6 May 2013
A lot of Poole pots were coloured blue. This vase was made in the late 1940's. It's thrown in the white earthenware used by this time, but it's been covered with a dark red slip, over-which the blue glaze has been applied. It has the look of the high fired red earthenware, Chinese blue vases that John Adams had developed during the 1920's.