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.
Friday, 29 July 2011
Sunday, 24 July 2011
This one was is signed with the mark used by Patricia Churchouse who's recorded as working at Poole between 1962 and 1965. But from the factory mark the plate must date from after 1966/67, so there's a bit of a mystery.
Saturday, 23 July 2011
I really like both the pattern and the shape of this pot. It's the middle size of 3 powder bowls that Poole Pottery made, this one being 5 inches in diameter. The shape number is 956, the pattern LD and it was painted by Hilda Hampton. Under the lid is painted "R.I.B.I. Bournemouth 1929" - so it was made for the the Rotary Club conference of that year. I just been updating the two Traditional galleries on my main site, but missed this one off, so thought I should at least post a picture of it on here.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
This is number 13 for me, so nearly halfway to having the full set that Robert Jefferson designed. This one is called 655/OB.A and is already posted on the main site.
Sunday, 17 July 2011
These two are part of a coffee set designed by Guy Sydenham at Poole Pottery in 1967. Each piece was hand-thrown and carved by Alan White and Angela Wyburgh. The colour above is "Serpentine", and they also came in a colour called "Pampas".
Saturday, 16 July 2011
This is the first undamaged piece of Poole nursery ware to join my collection. I've not bought any in the past, because there's not much about and what there is is usually quite expensive. This one seems like a bit of a bargain though, so I snapped it up from eBay, but it's a false economy as now I'll have to find others to go with it!
Anyway its from the Nursery Rhymes series designed by Dora Batty in 1921-22. This particular plate features a fine lady, a white horse (not the cock horse - that's ridden by the story teller) and Banbury Cross. It's painted by Anne Hatchard on a grey glaze which dates it to the early 1920's. It's surprisingly small at 5 inches in diameter.
Friday, 15 July 2011
I know I'm on a slippery slope here. This tile was made at Poole in the late 1950's or 1960's, I'm yet to decide which. I think tile production was the most profitable area for Poole for much, if not all, of the pottery's history. It's not something I know much about and until this week I've not collected a single tile. The trouble is I know more will now follow.
Thursday, 14 July 2011
A couple of posts ago I began to covert a pot in this XK pattern, to match the others I have in different colours. Well on Tuesday this week, these five turned up at the Bakewell Antiques Fair. They were painted by Dorothy James sometime between 1924 and 1934. Three egg cups are damaged, but I don't mind as they look good here, and being out in the Peak District for the day lead naturally to a very pleasing pub lunch.
Sunday, 10 July 2011
I found this one today at the Elsecar Antiques Centre just north of Sheffield. There's a small fair that's held at the heritage centre next door on Sunday's once every month. After going round the stalls at the fair and walking through most of the Antiques Centre, I finally came across this vase was sitting in very the last cabinet.The vase is 5 inches high, shape number 959, the pattern is JV and it was painted by Winifred Collett in the first half of the 1930's. Its not the rarest pattern but I really like its jazzy look and its quite unusual to find it painted on a pot as big as this.
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
There's a great collection of early Poole Pottery and Phoebe Stabler figures at Abwerystwyth University. One of the pots they have is a lidded round box with an unusual peacock finial, painted in a naive and very sweet CV pattern.
I had a look again at this pot and others in the Abwerystwyth collection a couple of weeks ago. Then I noticed that an identical lidded box appears in a photo from October 1921 of a display of Poole Pottery at Regent House in London, reproduced on page 37 of the Hayward and Atterbury Poole Pottery book. 1921 was the year that the Carter Stabler and Adams company was established, and these pots were their early productions.
The CV pattern lidded box is in the front of the photo on the far left and on the right is a CV pattern bowl. Of course, the bowl I also recognised, because an identical one had been listed on eBay the same week and I'm now the proud new owner. It's 4 inches in diameter and painted by Ethel Barrett in 1922 (so I can't claim it's the same bowl, but it would be a shame to let a minor detail spoil a good story).
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Friday, 1 July 2011
This 10 inch plate dates form the late 1960's and is the latest edition to my collection from eBay last week. Usually, I'm not so drawn to Delphis designs with this much symmetry but the colour and texture on this one is so good I was really pleased to win it.