Sunday, 29 November 2009

Contemporary vase in HYL pattern

A Sydenham and Read designed vase from 1956-1957, shape number 725. Handpainted with the 'horizontal rope pattern', HYL designed by Ruth Pavely and Ann Read. The background is alpine white and the interior mushroom pink.

Mist blue & peach bloom vase

A classic baluster shape vase glazed in C100, peach boom & mist blue. This colour combination had a short production run from 1953-1954 so is less commonly seen. This vase measures 7.25 inches in height and has a die stamped shape number 443.

Star wall pocket

An exceptionally rare wall pocket from a range designed by John Adams in the early 1930s. It measures 7 inches point to point. Glazed in magnolia white.

It has the impressed Poole England mark to the reverse and is stencilled magnolia white. The shape number, 883, is hand incised.

Poole Sylvan jardiniere pot

A lovely Sylvan glazed pot measuring 7 inches in diameter.  Hand thrown in the early 1930s the glaze is M38.

The base bears the impressed Poole England mark, a stencilled 'Sylvan ware', and a shape number 179 is hand incised.

Art deco trumpet vase

Designed in the early 1930s by John Adams this vase is 10 inches tall. It is a classic deco shape and is glazed in seagull and sepia (C72).

The base bears the impressed Poole England mark, the sprayer's mark and a hand incised 459.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Contemporary vase 725

Glazed in sky blue this is another unusual contemporary vase from the same design partnership. Measuring 7 3/4 inches.

Freeform vase 720

This freeform vase is glazed in lime yellow and was designed for slip casting by Read and Sydenham between 1956-57.  Measuring 9 inches in height it is an attractive and unusual 50s shape.

Contemporary bottle vases 706 707

Hand thrown vases from the 1950s glazed in black panther glaze. This shapes were designed by Alfred Read and Guy Sydenham between 1953-1957.

The smaller one measures 7 5/8 inches, the larger 10 5/8 inches.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Art deco candelabra

A large and unusual candelabra designed by John Adams and modelled by Harry Brown in the early 1930s.

This example is glazed in pastel pink.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Ariel biscuit barrel

A rare ariel biscuit barrel glazed in pastel yellow. Ariel shaped tableware is scarce and this shape is rarely seen. Designed in the 1930s, the chrome handle is original.

The base is marked with the impressed Poole England mark, shape number 926 and stencilled pastel yellow.

Pastel blue art deco jug

An unusual hand thrown jug dating from the early 1930s and glazed in pastel blue. It measures 6 inches in height.

It has the impressed Poole England mark to the base and a hand incised 310. It is stencilled 'pastel blue' in black.

Art deco lathe turned vase

An unusual seagull and celadon art deco vase. The lathe turned ridges are very distinctive. It measures 7 inches in height.

The base has the impressed Poole England mark and a hand incised 795. The glaze code is C67.

Pair of early Sylvan vases

An unusual pair of vases, measuring 5 inches in height. Glazed in an unusual Sylvan glaze, coded M6. It is a blue/grey colouring.

Clearly early pieces, they have the impressed Poole England mark and a hand incised 113. One has a handpainted M6 on the base.

Small Everest bowl

A lovely small Everest bowl measuring 6 inches in diameter.  The 4 bands of colour are ridged and are glazed in typical neutral tones.

The base bears the impressed Poole England mark and a hand incised 726X37.

Small Everest vase

An unusual and small (4 inch high) Everest vase. Glazed in a rich cream with incised bands in 3 neutral shades.

Has impressed Poole England mark to base and is stencilled Everest. Hand incised 764 X 27 and 767 to base.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Carafe in ice green

From the later 1950s this ice green carafe is shape number 589 the second of four sizes. Designed by Guy Sydenham and Alfred Read between 1953-1957 and hand thrown around that date.

Circular dish

Originally modelled in the 1930s this lovely, simple dish is glazed in shagreen and magnolia. It has a die stamped shape number 786 to base along with an impressed Poole England mark and the glaze code C65.

Shagreen and magnolia vase

This shagreen and magnolia vase is shape number 695- die stamped dating it to after 1947. It is clearly a design from an earlier period with its classic deco lines and simple form.

It has the impressed Poole England mark to the base and glaze code C65.

DNG pattern dinner service

This is an unusual pattern on an early 50s dinner service from Poole. Simple yet stylish, the pattern features sprigs of rosehips (or similar). On streamline flatware and marked with the early 1950s Poole mark, either side of the dolphin (1951-1955).

Hand painted pattern code /DNG painted on back of all pieces. Jean Baker's paintress mark.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Sylvan posy

Sylvan posy vase glazed in Sylvan glaze M36. It has a hand incised 176 on the base and measures 9.25 inches across.

The Poole England mark is impressed to the base, this is a good early example from the early 1930s.

Contemporary vase 704

This shape is hard to find and is the larger of the two designs by Guy Sydenham and Alfred Read between 1953-1957. Glazed in ice green with an alpine white interior it has the circular Hand made Poole mark dating from the mid 1950s.

A simple, yet striking shape it is very evocative of the period.

Very large Dove handled vase

Made in a variety of sizes this vase is hard to find. This example is particularly unusual both for its size and age. It is an early example, dating form the 1930s with a hand incised 238 shape number. The impressed Poole England mark is found on the base along with the word 'shagreen' in black stencil.

It measures 15 inches from base to rim and the other proportions match. At its widest point the circumference measures approximately 36 inches! It is very heavy too. A rare show piece.

Triple branch candelabra

Designed in the early 1930s by John Adams this is an unusual pair of candelabra. They are glazed in an ice green glaze and feature moulded, stylised grapes and leaves.

With the impressed Poole England  mark and a hand incised 249 they are earlier examples of their type.

Cottees Auction

It was the twice yearly sale at Cottees in Wareham ( yesterday. As there were several interesting pieces I went down to the sale. It was good to see prices for contemporary and freeform pieces are holding up, Delphis and Aegean was proving difficult to sell.

I bought a few pieces which I'll post shortly- including an enormous vase, pictures of which can do no justice to the scale! Must have really taken some throwing!

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Rare commemorative tea set

This rare tea for two set was Painted by Ruth Pavely in 1938. It is referred to on p66 of Hayward and Atterbury's book, where a plate I own is featured.

This was purchased form the Christie's Poole Pottery museum and archive sale in 2004 as lot 94.

Shagreen art deco bowl

Similar to a design by Harold Stabler in 1925-26 this is a rare shape with floral stylised handles. The pattern number, 672, is hand incised in the base and it has shagreen stencilled to the base along with the impressed Poole England mark.

Dove ashtray

A rare design and shape- a dove ashtray. Designed in the 1930s and glazed in C50 and C83 these ashtrays are marked Poole England to the base. Probably designed by John Adams around the time of the seashells, fish etc.

They have a hand incised pattern number on the base- 870.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Poole Black Pebble

Part of an extensive Black Pebble dinner service, designed by Robert Jefferson in 1959. The pattern was applied using the Murray Curvex process of direct printing onto tableware. Retailed through Heals and available as pictured here matched with black panther or alternatively a grey pebble design matched with dove grey.

Most of these pieces bear the special 'pebble' Poole England mark.

Elephant bookend

Elephant bookend designed by Harold Brownsword between 1928-1930. This one is slip cast in white earthenware and glazed in ice green. A rare and unusual piece.

Hand incised 813 (pattern number) and impressed Poole England mark to base.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Unusual Deco vase

A large and unusual shape vase dating from the 1930s. This one is glazed in a Sylvan glaze, M24. The 3 bands give a distinct and stylish look to the simple form of the piece.

The pattern number, 248, is hand incised in the base and the impressed Poole England mark has been used.

Ship bookends

One of the pair of bookends in my collection. These are rare finds and date from the 1930s, designed by John Adams. Glazed in the unusual twintone glaze C83- sky and seagull.

They have a hand incised shape number -815- and an impressed Poole England mark. The glaze code C83 is stencilled to the base.

Double candelabras

Dating from the 1930s these plain but stylish candelabras are glazed in a selection of plain and mottled colours. Designed probably by John Adams they were produced through to the late 1940s. They have the shape number 977 on the base along with the impressed Poole mark.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Everest plant pot

A most unusual Everest plant pot dating from the mid 1930s. In bolder colours than usually seen on Everest pieces and marked with a hand incised pattern number 807X62. It has a typical black rim to the base.

The base has 'Everest' stencilled onto it along with the impressed 'Poole England' mark.

World War II export coffee set

During the war plain utility ware was produced for the British market. For export, however, patterns were still developed. This coffee set appears in Heal's portfolio for export to North America and is rarely seen. It is characterised by a dark grey lid and pale pink handles.

The pieces have intriguing incised numbers to the base: the sugar bowl 212X85, the cups 231X85, the pot 232X85 and the saucers 233X85. Each piece has an impressed star indicating a factory trial and the impressed 'Poole England' mark.

A very rare and unusual set.

Wimborne plates

Much less commonly seen than streamline plates these Wimborne plates are distinguished by the raised decoration around the rim. Designed in the 1930s by John Adams, Wimborne was an 'upmarket' tableware range.

These plates are sprayed in mushroom glaze and bear the black printed 'Poole England' mark.

Sylvan comport

A really stylish 1930s bowl sprayed in Sylvan glaze M79. The simple art deco shape is quite striking, especially with the raised centre.

The outside is glazed white and the base bears a Sylvan ware stencil, shape number 252 and the impressed 'Poole England' mark.

New Forest tea set

Tea pot, milk jug and sugar bowl all in Sylvan glaze M24, New Forest. It is unusual to see tableware in the Sylvan glazes and these are nice examples. Dating from the mid 1930s they are streamline shapes.

The tea pot is stencilled 'New Forest', whilst the other two pieces have M24 painted to the base. The mark is the impressed 'Poole England' mark.

Small biscuit barrel

This is an unusual early biscuit barrel in the hard to find small size- shape number 630. It dates form the early 1930s. The cane handle is original and unusual with the green and natural woven design.

The base is coloured to look like red clay dating it around 1934 when the change from red to white clay took place. It is sprayed in a pastel green glaze.

The base has the impressed 'Poole England' mark, a hand incised 630 and stencilled 'Pastel green'.

Saturday, 3 October 2009


A rare Poole yacht from the 1930s. The yacht is designed to be free standing or wall hung. The yachts were probably designed by John Adams and modelled by Harry Brown between 1937-38.

Unusually, this yacht is sprayed in celadon glaze. It has the impressed 'Poole England' mark.

Watkinson motif mustard pot

A rare mustard pot painted with a 'Watkinson motif' (KV4) designed by Truda Carter and painted by Ruth Pavely. This is painted on Dorset table ware and supplied exclusively to Heals and Son from 1936-1940.

This is the pot featured in the Hayward and Atterbury book and formed part of a lot purchased at the Poole Museum and archive sale in 1992.

Impressed 'Poole England' mark, hand incised shape number 130 and hand painted KV4 (pattern) and Ruth Pavely painter's mark to base.

Hand thrown jug

A hand thrown 1930s jug from my collection. This is glazed in pastel blue and bears the hand incised shape number 370. Many of the jug shapes were produced over a few decades, sometimes with sloght modifications to the original design.

Impressed mark 'Poole England' and stencilled 'Pastel blue'.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Spill vase

Another rare piece dating from the 1930s, a spill vase in a deco cubist style. The stepped design and sharp angles are highly stylised. It has a hand incised shape number 408 on the base and is stencilled celadon. The Poole mark is impressed.

Fan vase

An unusual Art Deco Poole vase dating from the early 1930s. This vase is shape number 457 and glazed in C55. It has the impressed Poole England mark on the base.

This was available in different sizes, this example is 7" tall.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Blue pool dish

This dish, pattern number 920 (hand incised) is glazed in the rarely seen Blue Pool glaze- stencilled on the base. It is different from many other glazes of the period as it has a high sheen gloss finish along with the mottling seen on other matt glazes. Poole England is impressed in the inside foot rim.

This item was purchased from the Christie's auction of the Poole museum and archive and formed part of a bulk lot (no. 74). It is another rare and unusual piece.

Wimborne tureen

Much less common than streamline or contour tableware this is from the Wimborne range available in the 1930s. This particular example is seagull with an ice green interior, but magnolia knop and handles. As with a lot of Poole of this period it is finely potted and has a rich glaze finish.

The Poole England mark is barely visible on the base and is printed on rather than impressed.

Rare plane ware bowl

A really very rare plane ware bowl, glazed with Sylvan glaze M24. It is stencilled 'plane ware' on the base and a hand incised 256P indicates the shape. The Poole England impressed mark has been used.

A design lacking in practicality as it is a little unstable on the rim foot which is out of proportion to the pot.

Cigarette box

A Poole pottery box designed to hold 100 cigarettes. This item featured in the Poole range in the 1930s- exhibited in 1938. This box is sprayed in an unusual hydrangea (stencilled on base) glaze and has an incised 519 on the base.

This is an early example of this shape. Examples from the 50s are seen as biscuit fired stocks of this shape were held by the factory. As a result twintone glazes dated after 1947 ( when the shape was withdrawn) are still seen.

Tea for two

The Poole pottery breakfast-in-bed set was designed around 1938. This is a particularly unusual set as it is painted with Truda Carter's 'Leaping Deer' design, renamed 'Spring' in the 1950s.  This set dates from the 1950s. Notice it still has the tab finial/knop on the teapot.

It is marked Poole England with the dolphin in between. A stamp used from 1951-1955. JY/P is painted on the bottom, the pattern code for 'Spring'. JY/G being used on the green version of the pattern.

Rowing boat ashtray

A good collection of rowing boat ashtrays, shape number 542. These are attributed to a John Adams design and assumed to be modelled by Harry Brown in the early 1930s.

From front to back glazed in C50, C54, C65, C57 and C84. All have the impressed Poole England mark and an incised 542. Most have a twintone reference code on the base.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Display plaque

This Anne Read designed plaque is a worthy centre piece of the collection. It represents so much of what Poole was about in the Fifties. A rare piece with a stunning handpainted design.

Two hole vase

A very unusual two hole vase. This one is shape number 343 and painted in pattern PT, known as Butterflies. It is a difficult shape to find and looks as stylish today as it would have done when designed in the mid 1950s.

It bears the black ink Poole England stamp with the dolphin in the centre.