Thursday 30 August 2012

Early Blue and White - Ridgway's Opaque China

Ridgway's Opaque China 'Persian' Pattern Dessert Dish c1830

A lovely 'Persian' pattern dish by William Ridgway, printed with a prominent flower urn and a Persian townscape with various domes and minarets in the background. For more details see Premier Antiques

Tuesday 28 August 2012

Royal Doulton - Rustic England

Royal Doulton 'Rustic England' Empire State Vase D5694 c1936

A lovely Royal Doulton shape 7349 posy vase, sometimes called the Empire State vase because of the finned art deco shape. The 'Rustic England' series was designed by W E Grace in 1936 and featured twelve scenes of rural life in old England. The vase depicts three girls who've been gathering twigs climbing over a stile. For more details see Premier Antiques

Monday 27 August 2012

Royal Winton Gera

Grimwades Royal Winton Green 'Gera' Preserve Pot c1934

A lovely 'Gera' preserve pot by Royal Winton in the green colourway with cream geranium flowers and multi-coloured leaves on a green basket weave background. For more details see Premier Antiques

Shorter and Son - Waterlily

A hand painted Shorter toast rack, the uprights in the form of waterlily leaves while two vibrant pink flowers at each end hold butter and marmalade. For more details see Premier Antiques

Shorter and Son 'Waterlily' Toast Rack c1939

Sunday 26 August 2012

Japan Patterns

British potters were soon inspired to produce colourful 'Japan' patterns once underglaze blue printing on pottery had been developed. For a selection visit Premier Antiques

Ironstone Snake Handled 'Hydra' Jug c1825

Charles Meigh Improved Stone China 'Amherst Japan' Plate c1835

Saturday 25 August 2012

Carlton Ware - Foxglove

Carlton Ware yellow foxglove comport c1940

A classic embossed design introduced by Carlton Ware in the 1930s. Beautifully moulded flower spikes in shades of pink on an overlapping leaf background. For a selection of green and yellow foxglove visit Premier Antiques

Carlton Ware yellow foxglove jug c1945

Thursday 23 August 2012

Royal Doulton Nursery Rhymes by William Savage Cooper

Royal Doulton Nursery Rhyme Trio by William Savage Cooper c1932

A rare Royal Doulton child's trio featuring nursery rhyme characters from designs by William Savage Cooper. The cup illustrates three rhymes; Old Mother Hubbard, Tom Tom the Piper's Son and There was a Little Man. The saucer shows Little Bo Peep and There was a Little Man, while the plate illustrates Old Mother Goose and Simple Simon. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Winton Pastels - Petunia

Very popular with collectors, Petunia was introduced in the late 1930s and continued for a while after the war. Made in pink, yellow and a deeper mottled pink, a fine selection of tableware and fancy goods were made. To see my Petunia collection visit Premier Antiques

Royal Winton Pink 'Petunia' Cruet Set c1945

Royal Winton Yellow 'Petunia' Wall Pocket c1945

Royal Winton Pink 'Petunia' Jug and Basin c1950

Wednesday 22 August 2012

Royal Doulton - Dickens Relief Series G

A fine collection of specially moulded jugs, flagons and tankards were first introduced by Royal Doulton in the 1930s and the series was developed further after the war. They were all withdrawn by 1960. Here is a superb jug showing a scene from 'David Copperfield', cleverly modelled as the converted boat used as the Peggotty family home. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton 'Peggotty' Relief Moulded Jug D6292 c1950

Tuesday 21 August 2012

Shelley Nursery Ware - Kate Greenaway

Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) was a very successful children's book illustrator and had a huge influence on all things artistic, triggering a golden age of design specifically for children. She never worked directly for any potteries but allowed her designs to be used by the transfer company Henry Dreydel. Potters then used the stock transfers to decorate their china. These have never been found on Wileman or Shelley, but they did produce a range of nursery ware in the style of Kate Greenaway which seem to be of the period 1915 to 1925. Like most early Shelley nursery ware, pieces are rare and difficult to find in good condition. For more details of a lovely plate and this charming mug see Premier Antiques

Shelley Kate Greenaway Style Child's Mug c1915

Monday 20 August 2012

Royal Doulton Nursery Rhymes F

Royal Doulton Nursery Rhymes F 'Old King Cole' Rack Plate c1910
Nursery Rhymes F was introduced in 1906 with twelve characters designed by J. Ogden. Here is a superb plate 'Old King Cole' printed in sepia with washed colours and a stylised art nouveau border. For more details see Premier Antiques

Sunday 19 August 2012

Bell's of Glasgow - Ornithology

Bell's of Glasgow 'Ornithology' Porridge Bowl c1871

A fine Scottish bowl by Bell's of Glasgow printed with two birds in a fantastic mountain landscape. For more details see Premier Antiques

Shelley - Summer Glory

Introduced in the 1940s and quite often using Dainty shapes, this is one of the prettiest and most vibrant of chintzes. Produced on either beige or pink grounds with blue or green enamel trim. For more Shelley  chintz visit Premier Antiques

Shelley Fine Bone China 'Summer Glory' Chintz Cake Plate c1945 

Shelley Bone China 'Pink Summer Glory' Chintz Dainty Dish c1945

Friday 17 August 2012

Royal Doulton Roses 'G' - Wild Rose

Royal Doulton 'Wild Rose' Round Tray or Charger D6227 c1949

The Wild Rose series (Royal Doulton originally called it 'Roses G') was introduced in 1940 and produced until around 1959. Magnificent single roses hand painted in crimson, dusky pink and cream on a two tone deep blue background. For a selection of this lovely series visit Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton 'Wild Rose' Series 8025A Vase D6227 c1947

Thursday 16 August 2012

Early Blue and White - Beehive and Vases

Stevenson and Williams 'Beehive and Vases' Soup Plate c1825

A rare soup plate printed in dark blue with the 'Beehive and Vases' pattern attributed to Stevenson and Williams. The central panel features a beehive and there's a wide border of flowers, scrolls and vases on a stippled ground. For more details see Premier Antiques

Wednesday 15 August 2012

Shelley Dainty White

Dainty White was the longest lasting shape of all Shelley china. First introduced in 1896, it continued until the factory closed in 1966. Initially produced in plain white, the shape was subsequently used with applied decoration including some very pretty transfer prints. For more Shelley china see Premier Antiques

Shelley 'Blue Poppy' Pattern 14168 Dainty Dish c1950

Shelley 'Stocks' Pattern 13428 Dainty Dish c1945

Royal Winton Gera

A vibrant and very pretty embossed floral design - one of the first introduced by Grimwades in 1934. Based on geranium flowers and leaves on a basket work background, it was produced in three distinct colourways. For more details see Premier Antiques

Tuesday 14 August 2012

Blue and White Pearl Ware

A white earthenware developed by Josiah Wedgwood in the late 1770s, other potters soon realised it was the ideal body for blue printed wares. Small quantities of cobalt oxide were added to the glaze to enhance the whiteness and this can often be seen as a blue or greenish tint where the glaze gathers around foot rims and mouldings. Here is a finely potted shell dish from around 1800. For more details see Premier Antiques

Pearl Ware 'Chinoiserie' Pattern Shell Shaped Pickle Dish c1800

Monday 13 August 2012

Royal Doulton Gleaners and Gypsies

Royal Doulton 'Gleaners' Clover Leaf Tray D6123 c1941
Designed by S Wilson, this lovely series was introduced in 1909 and extended in the 1930s. There are twenty three known scenes depicting different groups of men, women and children collecting sheaves of corn or bundles of twigs, resting after toiling in the fields or gathering around campfires. For more details see Premier Antiques

Sunday 12 August 2012

Victorian Cranberry Glass

From the mid to the end of the 19th century, glassblowers refined the art of making cranberry glass to create everything from vases and pitchers to decanters and wine glasses. The rich cranberry colour was produced by adding gold compounds to the glass mixture. For a selection of cranberry see Premier Antiques

Royal Winton Royalty

One of the most vibrant and sought after of the Royal Winton chintzes introduced in 1937. Bright rose campion flowers with vivid blue cornflowers on a creamy yellow ground. Reputedly one of Queen Mary's favourites as she bought many pieces when attending trade fairs. For a selection visit Premier Antiques

Victorian Majolica

Majolica 'Bramble' Leaf Shaped Dish c1880
A large and colourful majolica leaf shaped dish moulded with brambles. Rare to find in good condition. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Saturday 11 August 2012

Early Blue and White - Caughley 'Fisherman' Pattern

A rare Caughley item, printed in blue and white with the 'fisherman and cormorant' pattern c1780. It's usually assumed they were used for serving individual portions of asparagus at the dining table, holding a small bunch of asparagus nicely together for ease of handling. Another theory is that they were used as spoon or fork rests to protect the table surface. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton Series Ware - Home Waters

Royal Doulton 'Home Waters' Oval Dish c1955
Produced by Royal Doulton in the 1950s and designed by W E Grace, the series consists of 15 harbour and pier scenes with various sailing boats. Sepia printed and hand tinted. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Friday 10 August 2012

Early Davenport - Bisham Abbey

John Davenport 'Bisham Abbey' Dinner Plate c1810

A scene previously called 'Tudor Mansion', but now generally acknowledged to be Bisham Abbey near Henley-on-Thames. A finely potted plate impressed 'Davenport' with an anchor. Lower case letters signify the early mark c1798-1815; upper case letters used 1815-1860. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton Dickens Ware

A large Royal Doulton Dickens Ware round salad bowl depicting Mr Pickwick and Sam Weller from 'Pickwick Papers' with Mr Micawber from 'David Copperfield'. Designed and signed by Charles Noke. For more details see Premier Antiques

Thursday 9 August 2012

Royal Doulton - Cotswold Shepherd

Royal Doulton 'Cotswold Shepherd' Plate c1936
A fine series depicting twenty different scenes featuring variations of a shepherd, his dog and flock. A lovely print delicately hand tinted to reflect the landscape. Introduced in 1933, it was also produced for a short period after the war, but has never been around in large amounts. Rare to find in good condition. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton 'Cotswold Shepherd' Dish c1935