Monday, 29 April 2013

Victorian Green Glass

Victorian green glass c1880

For a good selection of antique coloured glass why not visit my website Premier Antiques

Saturday, 27 April 2013

The Genius of Josiah Wedgwood


If you missed the fantastic A N Wilson programme on the life of Josiah Wedgwood, you can watch it HERE on BBC iPlayer.

Victorian Burleigh Ware

Burleigh Ware 'Japonica' jug c1900

One of the earliest examples of Burgess & Leigh using the trade name of Burleigh Ware - a fine 'Japonica' pattern jug with removable pewter lid. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Carlton Ware New Daisy

Carlton Ware 'New Daisy' c1948

A lovely design introduced in the 1940s, seen here is this oval daisy dish in green. See more at Premier Antiques

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Maling Embossed Wall Plates - Windmill

Maling Embossed Blue 'Windmill' Wall Plaque c1936

A dramatic Maling wall plate with embossed hand painted decoration of a windmill on a deep cobalt blue ground. A classic art deco piece. For more details see Premier Antiques

Carlton Ware Flowers and Basket

Carlton Ware 'Flowers and Basket' dish c1938

Another superb piece is this large Carlton Ware 'Flowers and Basket' dish. For more details see Premier Antiques

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Early Ironstone China

Staffordshire Ironstone jug c1825

The term 'Ironstone' was first used by Mason's in 1813 and soon other Staffordshire potters began to use it to describe their wares although Mason's alone used 'Patent Ironstone China' to distinguish their output. Here are two lovely dragon handled (Fenton shape) jugs from this period. For more visit Premier Antiques

Staffordshire Ironstone jug c1825

Monday, 22 April 2013

Gaudy Welsh

Gaudy Welsh jug c1830

A generic term adopted after the war to describe wares with a particular palette of underglaze blue with overpainting in pink/copper lustre and iron red. First appearing in the 1820s, it was produced by potteries in the North East, Staffordshire and Wales, and as most early pieces are unmarked, it's difficult to give a definite attribution. Some wares from the North East have impressed factory marks and can be identified. Here are a couple of fine examples, probably from Staffordshire. For more, visit Premier Antiques

Gaudy Welsh child's mug c1840

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Victorian Cranberry Glass

Pair of cranberry glass vases c1880

A superb pair of mould blown cranberry 'shell' vases with applied clear glass decoration. For more details see Premier Antiques

Friday, 19 April 2013

The Genius of Josiah Wedgwood

TODAY BBC2 21.00hrs


Historian and author AN Wilson explores the life of Josiah Wedgwood. As one of the founding fathers of the Industrial Revolution, Wegdwood was self-made and self-educated. He was Britain's first great artist-industrialist, an innovative scientist and a believer in the Rights of Man, at a time when Britain was marked by the slave trade. At the core of his mission, Wedgwood wanted to make beautiful objects and he wanted to leave the world a more beautiful place.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Holdcroft and Minton Majolica

Victorian Majolica - Minton Jug and Holdcroft Plates

If Minton led the way with their fine majolica pieces, Joseph Holdcroft's items are not far behind in both colour and quality. He had worked for Minton before setting up on his own. For a great selection of antique majolica visit my website Premier Antiques

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Royal Doulton 'Skating' D2789

Royal Doulton 'Skating' Series Ware Jug D2789 c1910

A rare 7040A shape jug depicting several characters from the early series 'Skating' introduced in 1907 and produced periodically into the 1920s. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton 'Skating' Series Ware Jug D2789 c1910

Monday, 15 April 2013

Burtles, Tate and Company of Manchester Opalescent Glass Swans

Burtles, Tate Opalescent Pressed Glass Swan Salt c1890

A lovely example of the famous Burtles, Tate and Company swan with a white opalescence which looks stunning. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques


Early Blue and White - Rogers 'Elephant' Pattern

John Rogers & Son 'Elephant' pattern plate c1820

By the early 1800s London Zoo was beginning to attract attention by importing exotic animals such as zebras, rhinos and elephants. This was reflected in several blue and white patterns. One of the finest is the elephant pattern by John Rogers which adds an elephant and trainer to an otherwise oriental scene of trees and pagodas. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Royal Doulton 'Old Salt' Flow Blue Tudor Jug D1979

Royal Doulton 'Old Salt' Flow Blue Tudor Jug D1979 c1910

A rare early series designed by Charles Noke and introduced in 1904. Featuring three images of Old Salts or sailors, this marvellous Tudor jug has scene three showing a sailor lighting his pipe and sitting on a creel outside a pub. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Grimwade's Rubian Art Pottery 'Primula'


A fantastic cake comport by Rubian Art Pottery, the sister company of Royal Winton. A lovely square shape in cream and buff with bright cerise pink flowers, using a slightly different colourway to the standard Royal Winton 'Primula' range. Cup cakes would look stunning on this beautiful item. For more details see Premier Antiques

Grimwade's Rubian Art Pottery 'Primula' Cake Comport c1935

Carlton Ware Buttercup

Carlton Ware Yellow 'Buttercup' Cheese Tray c1939

A lovely Carlton Ware cheese plate or tray in yellow Buttercup, nicely painted with a good depth of colour. For more details and other pieces of Buttercup visit my website Premier Antiques

Friday, 12 April 2013

Shelley Melody Chintz

Shelley 'Melody' Chintz Pottery Sauce Boat and Stand c1935

A pretty Shelley 'Melody' chintz small sauce boat and stand. For more details see Premier Antiques

Grimwades Glimpses of the East

Grimwades Royal Winton 'Glimpses of the East' Lustre Jug c1925

A lovely Grimwades jug featuring an eastern townscape with gateway and a market trader and customer in the foreground. Pink, green and yellow highlights on a sponged blue lustre background. For more details see Premier Antiques

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Carlton Ware 'Poppy' Wall Pocket

Large Carlton Ware Yellow 'Poppy' Wall Pocket c1938

A fantastic Carlton Ware yellow 'Poppy' art deco wall pocket. Flowing lines with a leaf and bud curling under the main flower. A large item beautifully painted in green, yellow and blue. For more details see Premier Antiques

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Royal Doulton 'Persian Anemones' Chintz

Royal Doulton 'Persian Anemone' Series Octagon Cup and Saucer c1920

A lovely octagon shape tea cup and saucer in great condition. Unusual items to find in this vibrant Persian inspired floral design. For more details see Premier Antiques


Victorian Vaseline Glass - Burtles Tate


Opalescent glass has long been prized and a yellow/green variety was produced by several glasshouses in the late 19th century. Given the generic term 'vaseline glass' by collectors, it was produced by adding uranium to the mixture and then reheating with a torch on areas where the milky opalescence was required. This beautiful jug style vase is by the old Manchester firm of Burtles, Tate and Company who started advertising these wares in the 1890s. Although primarily known for novelty pressed glass, they also produced exquisite hand made items which display fully the glassmaker's art. Made on a pontil (an iron rod which gathered the molten glass), it has an applied clear glass handle and rose pink flowers with clear glass trails. The rim has been nipped in and then drawn to form a spout, the body of the vase then given vertical opalescent vaseline stripes. See more opalescent and vaseline glass at Premier Antiques


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Shelley Primrose Chintz

Shelley Fine Bone China 'Primrose Chintz' Coffee Set c1940

A pretty Richmond shape coffee set for six featuring the lovely pastel 'Primrose Chintz' pattern. A delicate background of pale blue forget-me-nots interspersed with sprays of yellow primroses. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Shelley Primrose Chintz

Spode's 'Girl at the Well' or 'Font' Pattern

Spode 'Girl at the Well' or 'Font' Pattern Dessert Plate c1825

Introduced in the 1820s, this finely potted plate is printed in medium blue and is in excellent condition. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Spode 'Girl at the Well' or 'Font' Pattern c1825 - detail

Royal Winton Nantwich Chintz

Royal Winton 'Nantwich' Chintz Creamer and Sugar Bowl c1940

Introduced in the late 1930s and named after a town in Cheshire, Nantwich is a vibrant design of pink roses and carnations with deep yellow coreopsis and tiny blue speedwell. A striking combination on a black ground. For more details of this lovely creamer and sugar visit Premier Antiques

Monday, 8 April 2013

Spode's Waterloo Pattern

Spode 'Waterloo' or 'Italian Church' Pattern Tea Plate c1820

Thought originally to be an Italian scene with church, it was subsequently discovered to be St Joseph's in Waterloo, near to Wellington's headquarters during the famous battle of 1815. The pattern was used for earthenware breakfast and tea sets, though few pieces seem to have survived. Here we have a lovely tea plate or 'muffin' finely potted and printed in medium blue. For more details visit Premier Antiques 

St Joseph's Church, Waterloo, Belgium

Davidson's Blue Pearline Glass - Somerset


The 'Somerset' pattern was introduced by Davidson's in 1895 with the Registration no. 254027. Produced in both blue and yellow (primrose) pearline, it's one of the rarer patterns to find. For more blue pearline visit Premier Antiques


Grimwades Byzanta Ware

Grimwades Royal Winton 'Tulips' Byzanta Ware Lustre Bowl c1925

A large Byzanta Ware bowl with tulips in red, yellow and tinted shades of white. The leaves in shades of green against a deep blue background. For more details see Premier Antiques


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Carlton Ware Art Deco - Gallant

Carlton Ware 'Cameo Gallant' Coffee Can and Saucer c1925

An early art deco 'Gallant' coffee can and saucer with a matt orange ground and contrasting black interior and trim. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Carlton Ware 'Gallant' c1925

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Carlton Ware Pink Raspberry


Introduced in two colourways c1935 Raspberry and Blackberry were moulded on distinctive art deco shapes, with raspberry on a pink ground and blackberry on a green ground. Both are difficult to find in good condition, though the former as with other Carlton Ware pink ranges seems to be around in much smaller quantities. Here on a fantastic shallow dish or plate. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Carlton Ware Pink 'Raspberry' Dished Plate c1936

Davidson's Yellow Pearline Glass

Davidson's yellow pearline c1905

A fine oval glass dish in the William and Mary pattern, introduced by Davidson's in 1901 with design registration number 413701. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Friday, 5 April 2013

Carlton Ware Pear Blossom

Carlton Ware 'Pear Blossom' Preserve Dish c1935

A fine Carlton Ware hand painted preserve dish boldly painted and in great condition. For more details see Premier Antiques

Crown Ducal Pink Hydrangea

Crown Ducal 'Pink Hydrangea' Embossed Cheese Dish c1935

A superb art deco era cheese dish moulded with densely packed hydrangea flowers and leaves. A lovely pink ground with detail hand painted in deep pink, yellow and green. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Bizarre by Clarice Cliff - Autumn Crocus

Clarice Cliff Bizarre Autumn 'Crocus' Athens Jug c1929

A classic art deco design introduced in 1929. Early items like this beautiful Athens jug have 'CROCUS' handwritten in green, used in the first few months of production. As the range was established it became incorporated into the standard Bizarre lithograph mark. For more details and a selection of Crocus visit Premier Antiques

Hand written 'CROCUS' c1929

Bizarre by Clarice Cliff - Sungleam Crocus

Large Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Sungleam' Crocus Bowl c1931

Introduced in 1931 as a crocus variant, 'Sungleam' has bright flowers in yellow and orange set on green wash banding. Here shown to beautiful effect on a substantial bowl. For more details and other Crocus items visit Premier Antiques

Large Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Sungleam' Crocus Bowl c1931