Friday, 29 March 2013

Royal Winton Rosebud

Royal Winton Green 'Rosebud' Salt and Pepper Cruet c1940

Hand painted pink rosebuds form the salt and pepper pots of this lovely cruet and are set on a plain green leaf base. For more details see Premier Antiques

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Royal Doulton Nursery Rhymes - Savage Cooper

Royal Doulton Nursery Rhyme Trio by William Savage Cooper c1939

A lovely series introduced in 1903 and ending by 1939. Based on the designs of William Savage Cooper, there are nineteen known scenes featuring popular nursery rhyme characters. This is the famous series bought by Queen Alexandra for her grandchildren. For more details and other nursery wares visit Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton Nursery Rhyme Cocoa Mug by Savage Cooper c1939

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Carlton Ware Night Oak or Blue Oak Tree

Carlton Ware 'Night Oak' Preserve Pot c1935

A superb Carlton Ware 'Night Oak' preserve pot and cover with acorn finial. Lovely blue satin glaze with the oak tree detail hand painted in bright autumn colours. For more details see Premier Antiques

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Royal Doulton Dickens Ware

Royal Doulton 'Little Nell' Dickens Series 'A' Friar Jug c1910

The Dickens Ware series was introduced by Charles Noke in 1908 and was developed further with the centenary of Dicken's birth in 1912. One of the first shapes used was 'Friar', here is Little Nell on a small jug and Old Peggoty on a sugar basin. For more Dickens Ware see Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton 'Old Peggoty' Dickens Series 'A' Friar Sugar Basin c1910


Shorter and Son - 'Oceanic' Fish Jugs

A lovely Shorter jug of embossed fish in a seascape, produced in the 19th century in majolica glazes then updated in the 1920s and 30s with art deco colours. The moulds were also occasionally used by Clarice Cliff (Wilkinson's and the Newport Pottery were part of the Shorter group) and given the Bizarre look. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Shorter 'Oceanic' jug c1935


Friday, 22 March 2013

Royal Winton Chanticleer or Rooster

Royal Winton 'Chanticleer' Rooster Cream Jug c1939

Two great examples of hand painted wares from the Chanticleer range introduced in 1936. For more details and other pieces visit my website Premier Antiques

Royal Winton 'Chanticleer' Rooster Preserve Pot c1945

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Royal Doulton Wild Rose 'G' D6227

Royal Doulton 'Wild Rose' Egerton Rack Plate D6227 c1940

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

Early Blue and White - Copeland late Spode 'British Flowers'

Copeland late Spode 'British Flowers' feeding cup c1830 

A lovely floral design introduced by Spode c1820. Here is a rare feeding cup with the Copeland late Spode mark used on the death of Josiah Spode II in 1827 till Garrett joined in 1833 and the firm became Copeland and Garrett. For more details visit Premier Antiques


Monday, 18 March 2013

Royal Winton - Old Cottage Chintz

Royal Winton 'Old Cottage Chintz' 5 Bar Toast Rack c1945

Introduced by Grimwades in the 1930s, 'Old Cottage Chintz' has cerise pink roses with sprays of blue speedwell on a background of tiny grey circles. A very pretty design. For a good selection visit my website Premier Antiques

Royal Winton 'Old Cottage Chintz' Salt and Pepper Pots c1940

Grimwades Bruce Bairnsfather

Grimwades WW1 Bruce Bairnsfather 'Old Bill' Plate c1917

A superb World War 1 Grimwades Bruce Bairnsfather 'Old Bill' plate with the caption "WELL, IF YOU KNOWS OF A BETTER 'OLE, GO TO IT". For more details see Premier Antiques

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Carlton Ware - Night Oak

Carlton Ware 'Night Oak' Flower Jug c1935

A lovely blue 'Night Oak' jug, beautifully painted and a fantastic art deco shape. For more details see Premier Antiques

Maling Art Deco 'Gloria'

Maling 'Gloria' wall plaque c1936

Colourful and bold stylised flowers in yellow, blue, orange and purple form the central panel and outer edge of this classic Maling art deco design. For more details see Premier Antiques

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Locke's Worcester Porcelain

Locke's Worcester Porcelain 'Clematis' Blush Ivory Vases c1895

Locke & Co. was founded in 1895 by Edward Locke of Worcester and the factory concentrated on producing high quality wares similar to those of the Royal Worcester Porcelain Works. Production ceased around 1904. Here are a classic pair of hand painted ivory ground vases. For more details see Premier Antiques

Locke and Co. Ltd. of Worcester mark c1895

Majolica jugs and pitchers


For a good selection of antique majolica jugs and pitchers visit my website Premier Antiques



Antique Victorian Cranberry Glass

Antique 'Jack in the Pulpit' Cranberry Glass Vase c1890

During the mid 1800s through to the end of the 19th century, glassmakers refined the art of producing cranberry glass to create everything from vases and pitchers to decanters and wine glasses. For a good selection visit my website Premier Antiques

Christopher Dresser Style Victorian Cranberry Glass Wine Jug c1880

Friday, 15 March 2013

Majolica Teapot

Majolica Aesthetic Movement Teapot c1870

A fantastic cobalt blue majolica teapot with alternating panels of leaves and medallions, the handle and spout formed as branches giving a rustic feel to this vibrant aesthetic movement design. For more details see Premier Antiques

Grimwades WW1 Bruce Bairnsfather 'Old Bill'

Grimwades WW1 Bruce Bairnsfather 'Old Bill' Wall Plaque c1918

An excellent World War 1 Grimwades Bruce Bairnsfather 'Old Bill' wall plaque with the caption "GIVE IT A GOOD 'ARD' UN BERT. YOU CAN GENERALLY 'EAR EM FIZZING A BIT FIRST IF THEY ARE AGOIN TO EXPLODE". For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Charlotte Rhead - Fakes!

Politely called 'reproductions', these tasteless little horrors to my mind are obviously meant to deceive (I think the backstamps prove this as they are a mixture of 'Crown Ducal' marks and 'Bursley Ware' signatures) and are thus out and out fakes. Stylistically they bear little resemblance to Charlotte Rhead's original designs. They sometimes appear on a well known online auction site - the two pieces below were spotted recently, the vase being sold as genuine and the jug as 'reproduction'. I've seen pieces sell for as much as £100 which is quite staggering. Sellers always seem to have an excuse when challenged and requests to remove the listings seem to be ignored by the auction sites or they state that they are only acting as agents in an attempt to dodge the issue. I don't often use my blog as a 'soapbox', but I do feel strongly about these monstrosities!

Fake 'Charlotte Rhead' vase

Fake 'Charlotte Rhead' jug


Fake 'Charlotte Rhead' marks

Royal Doulton Pansy D6402

Royal Doulton 'Pansy' Lygon Pitcher D6402 c1950

Part of a range of flower and fruit designs produced on mottled backgrounds with printed outlines and hand painted detail. Introduced after the war, each design was given a different pattern number. Ten different designs were produced and 'Pansy' is one of the most striking. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Winton Chintz - English Rose

Royal Winton 'English Rose' Chintz Butter Dish c1951

A lovely 'English Rose' butter dish and cover. In excellent condition - a pretty 1950s chintz, not often seen. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Shelley Queen Anne

Shelley Queen Anne 'Crabtree' jug c1929

Shelley introduced the Queen Anne range in 1926 and it was a great success. It's probably one of the earliest art deco shapes to be developed by the potteries in the late 1920s and early 30s. Patterns were mainly applied using a print and enamel technique and many were designed specifically for the shape. By the early 1930s the shape was being phased out as more angular shapes such as Vogue and Mode became more fashionable. For more Shelley visit Premier Antiques

Shelley Queen Anne 'Blue Iris' coffee cup c1928

Shelley Queen Anne 'Archway of Roses' jug c1928

Royal Doulton Moorish Gateway

Royal Doulton 'Moorish Gateway' Rack Plate D4745 c1929

A fine Moorish Gateway (early series originally called Tunis) rack plate. Relief moulded and painted with a scene of a man and woman in middle eastern dress seated beside a gateway with a distant townscape beyond. One of twenty four known scenes designed by H. Allen. For more details see Premier Antiques

Monday, 11 March 2013

Carlton Ware Blue or Night Oak


A large Carlton Ware 'Night Oak' bowl with two handles formed as branches. In a lovely blue 'satin' glaze with the oak tree radiating from the centre and hand painted in rich autumn colours. For more details see Premier Antiques

Carlton Ware 'Night Oak' Two Handled Bowl c1933

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Clarice Cliff Tralee

Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Tralee' Biarritz Tea Plate c1935

'Tralee' was produced for a short while in 1935 and features a boldly painted scene of a thatched cottage in a country garden with stippled Cafe-au-Lait blue smoke coming from its chimney. The shape and pattern are beautifully matched on this small Biarritz plate. For more details see Premier Antiques


Saturday, 9 March 2013

Carlton Ware Anemone

Carlton Ware Embossed 'Anemone' Sugar Shaker c1935

The 'Anemone' range was introduced by Carlton Ware in the early 1930s - hand painted anemones in orange, purple and yellow with green centres on a background of yellow and green overlapping leaves. A vibrant design which epitomises the art deco era. For more details of this lovely sugar shaker see Premier Antiques

Friday, 8 March 2013

Royal Doulton Pansies D4049


A beautiful design introduced in 1917 and produced until the early 30s. It's a finely printed outline in red with the pansies picked out in 'washed' enamels creating subtle shades akin to watercolour painting. Edged in black, the overall effect is stunning. For more details see my website Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton 'Pansies' Melbourne Sandwich Tray D4049 c1930

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Early Blue and White - Milseys or Strainers

Pearlware Willow Pattern Milsey or Strainer c1800

There are various uses attributed to these lovely pierced items, but the most probable are that they are early forms of tea strainer or for straining milk when a skin had formed. Often finely decorated with different piercings, here is a superb Willow pattern example. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques


Pearlware Milsey or Strainer c1800

Royal Winton 'English Rose' Chintz

Royal Winton 'English Rose' Chintz Coffee Pot c1951

A superb Alban shape coffee pot in 'English Rose', a lovely vintage chintz from the 1950s. For more details see Premier Antiques

Early Blue and White - Spode's 'Lange Lijsen'


Taken from a Chinese design of the Chien Lung period and printed on Spode's usual pearlware body, the 'Lange Lijsen', 'Long Eliza' or 'Jumping Boy' pattern is shown here on a lovely indented serving dish. For more details see Premier Antiques

Spode Dish 'Lange Lijsen' or 'Jumping Boy' Pattern c1810

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Royal Winton Stratford Chintz

Royal Winton 'Stratford' Chintz Trinket Dish c1951

A pretty Royal Winton 'Stratford' trinket dish with pierced handles. For more details see Premier Antiques