Monday 29 October 2012

Victorian Slag Glass

Now popularly called slag glass because it was once assumed the waste or 'slag' from coal and coke production was added to the glass to produce the purple, green or blue marbled glass typical of the three North Eastern glasshouses of Sowerby, Greener and Davidson. First used by Sowerby (who were also the major manufacturer), it was originally called 'Malachite'. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Sowerby Purple Malachite 'Basket Weave' Plate c1880

Greener Blue Malachite 'Jubilee' Cream and Sugar c1887

Davidson's Purple Malachite 'Thimbleful' Measure c1880

Sowerby Green Malachite 'Cauldron' Posy Vase c1880

Art Deco Chargers by Charlotte Rhead

I've always liked chargers because of their immediate impact. Unlike other shapes, you can see at once the full effect of the design. Often at exhibitions and trade fairs designers like Clarice Cliff and Charlotte Rhead would use them precisely for this reason. Some of the rarest one-off pieces were produced also to show the skills of the decorators. For more chargers and other examples of Charlotte Rhead pottery, visit Premier Antiques

Sunday 28 October 2012

Royal Doulton Dickens Ware

Royal Doulton Dickens Ware Miniature 'Fagin' Vase c1935

A fine Royal Doulton Dickens Ware miniature 7016 shape vase. Designed by Charles Noke, it depicts one of the greatest villains of all time, Fagin from 'Oliver Twist'. For more details see Premier Antiques

Saturday 27 October 2012

Carlton Ware Cruets

Hand painted cruet sets were a speciality of Carlton Ware and they come in many intriguing shapes. Here are a few of some currently in stock at Premier Antiques

Carlton Ware Apple Blossom Cruet

Carlton Ware Crinoline Lady Cruet

Carlton Ware Pheasant Cruet

Friday 26 October 2012

Spode Indian Sporting Series c1810

Probably the most sought after of early Blue & White, Spode's Indian Sporting series is quite a rarity. Here is one of two unusual soup plates 'Chase after a Wolf' showing a wolf running with a lamb in its mouth, chased by dogs and Indian hunters with stones and spears. A dramatic scene from engravings by Samuel Howitt published in 1805. For this and other early Spode pieces, visit Premier Antiques

Victorian Staffordshire Dogs

The Victorians loved their mantle dogs and as well as spaniels in all sizes and colours, greyhounds, pugs and poodles were also very popular. Here are three pairs full of charm and character. For more antique Staffordshire visit Premier Antiques

Pair of Russet Staffordshire Spaniels c1890

Pair of Tan Staffordshire Spaniels c1890

Pair of Finely Modelled Staffordshire Poodles c1860

Thursday 25 October 2012

Royal Doulton Blue Children

One of the first Doulton series of themed wares introduced in the 1890s and discontinued by the late 1920s. Mostly printed with some hand painted detail, it's essentially blue and white scenes featuring various aspects of childhood. Here is a fine miniature Blue Children series jug. Research suggests that miniatures haven't as yet been recorded for this range, making it a rare find. For details and more Royal Doulton, visit my website Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton Miniature Blue Children Series Jug c1910

Antique Cranberry Glass

Two fine pieces of 19th century Cranberry Glass currently available from Premier Antiques

Victorian Heart Shaped Dish c1880

Victorian Jug c1890

Wednesday 24 October 2012

Royal Doulton Dickens Ware - Fagin

Introduced by Charles Noke in 1908, here we have a large Egerton rack plate from the 1930s and featuring the old rogue Fagin. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton 'Fagin' Dickens Ware Series 'A' Rack Plate D5175 c1939

Tuesday 23 October 2012

Shorter and Son - Mabel Leigh

In the early 1930s Mabel Leigh produced a range of wares with incised decoration based on ethnic Mediterranean and Central American designs. They were popular and continued to be produced for a while after she left in 1935. Early pieces like the jug below often bear her signature. For this and other Shorter items visit  Premier Antiques

Mabel Leigh Jug c1935

Monday 22 October 2012

Royal Doulton - Pip, Squeak and Wilfred

Pip, Squeak and Wilfred, a cartoon published in the Daily Mirror from 1919 to 1956, was conceived by Bertram Lamb and drawn by Austin Bowen Payne. It featured the adventures of an orphaned family of animals. Pip the dog, Squeak the penguin and Wilfred the rabbit. In 1927, the Pip, Squeak and Wilfred club began. It was named the Wilfredian League of Gugnuncs (based on Wilfred's baby talk) and organised many competitions and events for the thousands of members. To coincide with this launch, Royal Doulton produced a series of childrens' ware items which were sold up to about 1935. Rare to find, especially in good condition, here is a lovely tea plate featuring this charming trio. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred' Child's Plate c1927

Sunday 21 October 2012

Royal Winton Gera

A lovely Royal Winton 'Gera' plate moulded with basket work and a spray of vibrant pink geranium flowers. The edge with naturalistically modelled geranium leaves in blues, greens and brown. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Winton 'Gera' Plate c1934

Minton Amherst Japan

A fine quality Minton 'Florentine' shape jug dating to around 1835. Another early stone china item in great condition. Other early Minton, Davenport and Spode at Premier Antiques

Saturday 20 October 2012

Royal Doulton Nursery Rhymes 'A' - William Savage Cooper

Royal Doulton Nursery Rhyme Mug by William Savage Cooper c1930

A lovely Royal Doulton child's cocoa mug featuring nursery rhymes from designs by William Savage Cooper. Illustrating two rhymes - Mother Goose and Where are you going to my pretty maid? A fine cream earthenware with high quality coloured transfers, this was the first nursery ware series introduced by Royal Doulton in 1903. For more details see Premier Antiques

Spode's New Stone China

By 1822 Spode had developed a new formulation of their Stone China and began marketing this as New Stone. Orientally inspired patterns continued to be produced on this body and a special backstamp incorporating 'Spode's New Stone' was used. See more early Spode at Premier Antiques

Spode's New Stone plate c1824

Friday 19 October 2012

Victorian Majolica Begonia Leaves

The rich colours and textures of Begonia Rex provided Victorian potters with the ideal inspiration for fruit and dessert sets. Most are unmarked, but sometimes a rare marked piece like the Forester's comport below can be found. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Majolica comport, Thomas Forester c1880

Majolica dish c1880

Majolica plate c1880

Carlton Ware Sugar Shakers

These delightful items are some of the most collected of art deco pottery and it's easy to see why. They display beautifully and can represent a whole range in their own right. Very much of the period, the potteries were quick to develop many shapes and themes. Here are three by Carlton Ware which shows the diversity of their designs. For these and more from other makers, visit Premier Antiques

Rare Pink Buttercup

Fruit Basket

Cottage Ware

Thursday 18 October 2012

Dugan and Northwood Carnival Glass

Two excellent pieces of carnival, one by Dugan and the other by Northwood. See more at Premier Antiques

Dugan Carnival Glass 'Apple Blossoms'

Northwood Carnival Glass 'Fruits and Flowers'

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Early Blue and White Pickle Dishes

Small dishes used for serving sweet meats, cachous and pickles were made by many early potters, including Worcester, Caughley, Spode and Minton, but are usually unmarked. Many of these dishes were in the form of a vine leaf with finely moulded detail including the veins. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Caughley 'Fisherman & Cormorant' pickle dish c1790

Pearlware pickle dishes c1820

Staffordshire pickle dish c1830

Willow pattern pickle dish c1820

Clarice Cliff Bizarre Crocus

For some great pieces of Crocus by Clarice Cliff visit my website Premier Antiques

Clarice Cliff Crocus conical cup and saucer c1932

Bizarre Crocus coffee can by Clarice Cliff c1932

Bizarre Crocus dessert bowl by Clarice Cliff c1934

Monday 15 October 2012

Royal Doulton Pansies D4049

Royal Doulton 'Pansies' Series Art Deco Tea Plate D4049 c1929
In production from 1917 to 1930, Royal Doulton 'Pansies' series has always been difficult to find, especially in good condition. Here is a stunning plate which shows this hand coloured design to full effect. For more details see Premier Antiques

Sunday 14 October 2012

Victorian Staffordshire Copper Lustre

A fine 19th century jug with moulded dancers, first introduced by George Ray in the 1850s when dancing the polka became popular. The jug has a rich copper lustre glaze with details picked out in blue enamel on an elaborate shape which epitomizes high Victorian style. See more lustre wares at my website Premier Antiques

Carlton Ware Apple Blossom

Two fine pieces of 1930s Australian Design Carlton Ware -

a pretty yellow jug

and a lovely green jam pot and lid

For more Carlton Ware, take a look at my website Premier Antiques

Saturday 13 October 2012

Richardson's Horse Chestnut Vaseline Glass

Featured is a stunning and rare opalescent ruffled vase by Richardson's in their horse chestnut leaf pattern. The moulds were sold to Thomas Webb when the glasshouse closed in 1926, but later Webb pieces are a much darker yellow as they used more uranium in their formula. For this and more glass, visit Premier Antiques