Monday, 30 April 2012

Spode's Felspar Porcelain

Developed by Spode in the early 1820s, the addition of feldspar to the body produced a fine quality and hard wearing bone china which they called 'Felspar Porcelain'. The translucent white body was perfect for print and enamelled designs as in the 'famille rose' hydra jug below. For more details see Premier Antiques

Spode Felspar Porcelain jug c1825

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Davidson's Yellow Pearline

Sometimes called 'primrose', Davidson's first introduced the yellow pearline ranges in the late 1880s, each design registered with its own unique number. For a good selection of yellow pearline visit my website Premier Antiques

Davidson's yellow pearline dish and cover - Lords and Ladies c1896

Davidson's yellow pearline comport - Queen's Crown c1898

Davidson's yellow pearline jug and bowl - William and Mary c1905

Friday, 27 April 2012

Shorter and Son

The pottery firm which later became Shorter and Son was first set up by Arthur Shorter in 1878 with partner James Boulton in Stoke on Trent. Their products were in the mainstream of Victorian taste - majolica and relief moulded wares of all types. Jugs, bowls, flower pots and tableware predominated. In the 1920s under the auspices of Colley Shorter the firm began to produce wares with modern glazes to reflect the fashion for hand painted art deco pottery. For a good selection see Premier Antiques

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Carlton Ware Posy Baskets

Some of the prettiest and most delicate of the Australian registered designs. Rare to find these days in good condition. For more posy baskets visit Premier Antiques

Carlton Ware posy basket c1939

Carlton Ware posy basket c1939

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Shelley - Mabel Lucie Attwell

A fine Mabel Lucie Attwell oval baby's plate designed for Shelley. 'Gee up good Ned, How slow you are, We can't go fast, So we won't go far'. For more details see Premier Antiques

Shelley - Mabel Lucie Attwell c1935

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Bizarre by Clarice Cliff - Rhodanthe

The sinuous pattern of bright orange marigolds works well on this square Leda shape dish. Introduced in 1934, by the late 30s it took over from Crocus as the best selling design. Earlier 'Bizarre' pieces made prior to 1936 are harder to find. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Rhodanthe' dish c1934

Royal Winton Dragonfly Lustre

A lovely art deco lustre vase by Royal Winton decorated with a large dragonfly hovering over stylised flowers and leaves - all the detail picked out in blue, green, purple and pink enamels lined with gilding. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Winton 'Dragonfly' lustre vase c1935

Royal Winton Chintz Toast Racks

Always a great thing to collect, Royal Winton toast racks have got to be some of the prettiest ever made. Premier Antiques

Royal Winton Julia toast rack

Royal Winton Cheadle toast rack

Royal Winton Sweet Pea toast rack

Monday, 23 April 2012

Shakespeare's Birthday

The actual date of Shakespeare's birth is not known, but traditionally April 23 (1546), St George's Day, has been Shakespeare's accepted birthday. Coincidently, he died on the same day in 1616.

Royal Doulton - Shakespeare's Portrait plate c1939

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Carlton Ware Buttercup

One of the first embossed Australian Registered designs introduced by Carlton Ware in the mid 1930s. Two colourways were produced, pink (pattern number 3994) and yellow (pattern number 3993); the pink is the rarer and so it sells for a premium. A few 'plain' items with just the yellow ground and the flowers left unpainted were produced during the war years as restrictions began to bite. For a selection of Buttercup see Premier Antiques

Carlton Ware yellow Buttercup trefoil dish

Carlton Ware pink Buttercup sugar shaker

Early Blue and White - Mason's Patent Ironstone China

Mainly known for the production of coloured ironstone wares, Mason's also produced blue printed wares which sometimes used the patent ironstone china body. For more Blue and White visit Premier Antiques

Mason's chinese landscape dish c1830

Mason's hydra jug c1835

Maling - Ringtons Teapots

From 1928 Maling began supplying pottery to the local tea merchants Ringtons Ltd., who sold the items filled with tea via their door to door delivery vans. This relationship continued until Maling closed in 1963. For a selection of Ringtons pieces see Premier Antiques

Maling 'Vine' teapot c1935

Maling 'Blue Chintz' teapot c1935

Maling 'Autumn Leaves' teapot c1955

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Royal Winton Chintz - Evesham

Inspired by the orchards in the Vale of Evesham, this vibrant design was introduced by Royal Winton in the early 1950s. Bunches of colourful fruits and delicate blossoms on a cream background creates a lovely design which is a nice departure from the floral chintzes. For more details see Premier Antiques

George Jones Abbey Ware

First produced by William Adams in the 1840s, George Jones bought many of the Adams patterns in 1861, the Abbey pattern being one of them. It was later reissued in the early 1900s.and was popular until the war. Some shapes were produced as 'promotional' pieces for shredded wheat or hot chocolate. For a good selection of Abbey Ware visit Premier Antiques

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Carlton Ware Pink Poppy Wall Pockets

Introduced by Carlton Ware in the 1930s, the Poppy wall pockets were some of the largest and impressive. In yellow and pink colourways, both the size and intricate modelling makes them difficult to find in good condition. For more details see Premier Antiques

Carlton Ware pink Poppy wall pocket c1938

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Majolica 'Water Lily and Stork'

A fine Forester's majolica comport standing on three legs modelled as storks leaning against tree trunks. The top is moulded as water lily leaves with a single water lily flower in the centre. For more details see Premier Antiques

Forester's Water Lily and Stork comport c1880

Monday, 16 April 2012

Burleigh Ware Butterflies

A vibrant preserve pot with a hand painted flowers and a butterfly finial on the lid. A classic piece of Burleigh Ware produced in several colourways, but I think this is one of the most pleasing. For more details see Premier Antiques

Burleigh Ware 'Butterfly' preserve pot c1930

Susie Cooper - Pink Campion

A lovely design from the late 1950s featuring this delicate wayside flower. For more details see Premier Antiques

Susie Cooper 'Pink Campion' bowl c1959

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Molly Hancock - Cremorne

A large Hancock's 'Cremorne' jug designed by Molly Hancock. Vibrant hand painted flowers against a deep blue and black background. For more details see Premier Antiques

Molly Hancock 'Cremorne' jug c1930

Antique Majolica Plant Pots

Also known as cache pots and jardinieres, majolica provided (and still does !) the perfect containers for house plants and no Victorian conservatory or window sill would have been complete without one or two. Rustic and colourful designs based on barrels, urns, and tree trunks, etc. were made by most majolica producers though not many have survived in good condition. For more majolica visit my website Premier Antiques

Majolica Plant Pot with Ferns, Wood Sorrel and Grotesque Masks c1880

Majolica 'Picket Fence & Morning Glory' Plant Pot and Stand c1880

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Maling Crocus Lustre Ware

A vibrant and fresh design introduced in 1936 during Maling's great art deco period. Produced in pink, green and blue lustre waved backgrounds (pattern numbers 6436/37/38), the colours have a lovely depth as does the lustre finish. For more details see Premier Antiques

Maling pink Crocus wall plate c1938