Tuesday 24 April 2012

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

Monday 16 April 2012

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

Carlton Ware Cherry

Introduced by Carlton Ware in the late 30s and continued after the war for a while. A bright crisp design in both yellow and green colourways. Difficult to find in good condition and doesn't appear to have been produced in large amounts. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Carlton Ware yellow Cherry toast rack c1939

Carlton Ware green Cherry dish c1939

Friday 13 April 2012

Royal Winton Lakeland

Lakeland was launched at the British Industries Fair in February 1936, alongside Pixie and Chanticleer. The design takes two forms, the main one depicts distant mountains and a lake framed by trees with flowers in the foreground. The second was used for flower holders which were modelled as tree trunks with flowers at the base and a distinctive butterfly. Two colourways are also known. One uses shades of green for the trees, grass and shrubs with the flowers picked out in pink. The second palette is rarer and uses yellow foliage with yellow and lilac flowers, giving a more pastel effect. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Royal Winton Lakeland teapot c1936

Royal Winton Lakeland sugar shaker c1936

Royal Winton Lakeland cake plate c1936

Thursday 12 April 2012

Clarice Cliff Conical - Blue Chintz

The first conical shapes had been introduced in 1929 and were well established by the time 'Blue Chintz' came out in 1932. Also produced in orange and green colourways, this bold design of water lily buds and leaves works beautifully on Clarice's art deco shapes. For more details see Premier Antiques

Clarice Cliff 'Blue Chintz' conical jug c1932

Early Mason's Patent Ironstone China

In July 1813 Charles James Mason, the third son of Miles Mason, took out his famous patent for 'Ironstone China'. Production had begun at the old Minerva Works in Lane Delph a month or so before the patent was published and wares from this period have impressed 'Mason's Patent Ironstone China' either in one line or split into two. By 1830 the more familiar printed crown marks were being used. Occasionally pieces from this period can be found with both the impressed and printed marks. (Other firms soon began producing their own versions of Ironstone China and these often have similar impressed marks, but only Mason's used the word 'Patent'). For more Mason's Ironstone visit Premier Antiques

Mason's Patent Ironstone China plate c1815

Mason's Patent Ironstone China hydra jug c1820

Mason's Patent Ironstone China soup plate c1835

Wednesday 11 April 2012

Begonia Leaf Majolica

A stunning and unusual majolica begonia leaf plate from the 1880s. For more details see Premier Antiques

Majolica begonia leaf plate c1880

Shorter Anemone Ware

Vivid deep red/purple hand painted wares introduced in the 1930s and continued after the war with new shapes added to the original range. For a good selection of Shorter see Premier Antiques

Shorter 'Anemone' butter dish c1935

Shorter 'Anemone' cucumber dish c1935

Shorter 'Anemone' jug c1935

Tuesday 10 April 2012

Royal Doulton Dickens Ware

This year sees the bicentenary of Dickens' birth. He's perhaps remembered most for his characters, many becoming infamous because of their villainy. Charles Noke was a great admirer and used these characters as the theme for one of the first Royal Doulton series. Introduced in 1908, the series was augmented in 1912 for Dickens' centenary. Many items carry Noke's signature, though most of the drawings are close to the original 'Kyd' illustrations. For more Dickens Ware see Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton Dickens Ware 'Mr Squeers'

Royal Doulton Dickens Ware 'Barkis'

Royal Doulton Dickens Ware 'Mr Micawber'

Royal Doulton Dickens Ware 'Tony Weller'