Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Shelley Harmony


A large 5-bar Harmony toast rack in stunning shades of orange and yellow. For more details see Premier Antiques

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Carlton Ware - Fruit Lustre

Carlton Ware 'Fruit Lustre' preserve pot c1925

In the 1920s Carlton Ware introduced a series of preserve pots which were given a deep lustre finish with a moulded cluster of hand painted fruit on the lids. The lustre colours ranged from vivid pink through soft lavender to the deepest of blues. Earlier pieces are marked Wiltshaw and Robinson. For more details see Premier Antiques

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Royal Winton 'Eleanor' Chintz

Grimwades Royal Winton 'Eleanor' Chintz Athena Milk Jug c1945

A pretty design of pink roses with sprigs of various other flowers in yellow, blue, pink and white. Between the sprigs are tiny stylised flowers in mauve and the ground colour is white. Introduced in the late 1930s, though most pieces seem to be post war. For a selection visit Premier Antiques

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Victorian Cranberry Drinking Glasses


The Victorian love of Cranberry glass (which they called Ruby) was reflected in the manufacture of drinking glasses which come in all shapes and sizes. Complete (i.e. perfect) sets of six or twelve are rare. For a selection of Cranberry visit Premier Antiques

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Royal Doulton Art Nouveau Charles Gibson 'A Widow and Her Friends' Series

Royal Doulton Gibson 'A Widow and Her Friends' Rack Plate c1903

An early and rare Royal Doulton Charles Gibson 'A Widow and Her Friends' series ware rack plate. There are 24 identified scenes in the series and this particular plate features scene 10 titled "Mrs. Diggs is alarmed at discovering what she imagines to be a snare that threatens the safety of her only child. Mr. Diggs does not share his wife's anxiety". The illustration by the famous American illustrator Charles Dana Gibson bears his facsimile signature. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Antique Opalescent Glass

Antique opalescent glass

From its development in the 1880s, opalescent glass enjoyed a production period of around 40 years. Most glass houses in Britain, Europe and America produced quality items, both blown and press moulded. For a good selection visit Premier Antiques


Monday, 22 July 2013

Early Clarice Cliff

Clarice Cliff Original Bizarre Geometric 7" Comport c1929

This beautiful comport was produced in the first year or so of Clarice Cliff's original Bizarre designs. It's outlined in green with solid diamond shapes of red, blue and yellow. Underneath are fantastic 'Liberty' bands of blue, green, yellow and red. Gold 'Bizarre by Clarice Cliff' backstamp used briefly in the autumn of 1929. For more details and other pieces of original Clarice Cliff visit Premier Antiques

Early Bizarre by Clarice Cliff comport c1929

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Carlton Ware - Apple Blossom

Carlton Ware green Apple Blossom butter dish & knife c1939

Two great items in Apple Blossom - a green butter knife and dish, and a yellow trefoil dish. Difficult to find in good condition. For more Apple Blossom visit my website Premier Antiques

Carlton Ware yellow Apple Blossom trefoil dish c1940

Early Burleigh Ware

Burgess & Leigh 'Squirrel' jug c1880

Known primarily for their fantastic 1930s jugs and vases, the partnership of Burgess and Leigh actually began in 1862 and it wasn't long before they started marketing items under the combined 'Burleigh Ware' name. From the beginning they were producing fashionable designs which captured the spirit of the age. Here we have an unusual squirrel jug from around 1880 which reflects one of the first design styles, namely the Aesthetic Movement which evolved into Arts and Crafts, and later Art Nouveau and Art Deco. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Royal Doulton Art Nouveau 'Poppies B'

Royal Doulton Art Nouveau 'Poppies B' Series Plate D3225 c1910

A classic art nouveau design introduced around 1909. Records show that it was in production until the late 1930s, although pieces now seem to be quite scarce and tend to date from the 1910 to 1920 period. Three colours of poppy are known; pink, blue and yellow. The block printed pattern looks particularly good on ranges of rack and dessert plates such as the one above. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Charlotte Rhead - Wisteria

Charlotte Rhead 'Wisteria' vase c1937

A lovely Charlotte Rhead vase in the much sought after 'Wisteria' design. Blue tube lining and bright enamels on a snow glaze attracted much attention for the Crown Ducal stand at the British Industries Fair of 1937. For more details see Premier Antiques

19th Century Majolica Butter Dish

Majolica butter dish and stand c1870

A rare item indeed; even rarer to find complete and in such good order. For more details see Premier Antiques

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Royal Winton Art Deco Lustre - Summer Bouquet

Royal Winton 'Summer Bouquet' Orange Lustre Arran Vase c1935

A striking art deco design produced by Royal Winton in the 1930s. Shown here to beautiful effect on a rare Arran shape vase. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Copeland Spode's Italian pattern

Copeland Spode's 'Italian' tankard c1910

Based on a later sketch taken from a Claude Lorraine landscape of 1638 (now in Parham House, Sussex), the famous Spode Italian pattern was introduced in 1816. Here we have a good one pint tankard produced almost a hundred years later (1910) and an antique in its own right. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Winton Chintz Toast Racks

Royal Winton Nantwich toast rack

Toast racks provide a great range of shapes and designs for collectors. Here are a couple of vintage Royal Winton floral toast racks. Very pretty. For more chintz visit Premier Antiques

Royal Winton Summertime toast rack

Victorian Green Opalescent Glass

Victorian Green Opalescent Glass 'Diamond Panel' Creamer c1890

A fine pressed glass cream jug in an unusual design of vertical beaded ribs with panels containing criss-cross diamonds. For more details see Premier Antiques


Monday, 15 July 2013

Clarice Cliff Nasturtium

Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Nasturtium' Daffodil Shape Cup and Saucer c1933

Bold yellow and orange flowers amid bright green leaves set against a stippled 'cafe-au-lait' background. A stunning design which works beautifully on this classic art deco Daffodil shape. Rare to find tea cups and saucers, especially in such good condition. For more details visit Premier Antiques


Sunday, 14 July 2013

Carlton Ware Yellow 'Buttercup'

Carlton Ware Yellow 'Buttercup' Small Biscuit Plate c1939

A classic Carlton Ware design introduced in the 1930s. One of the most collected, it looks great as a single collection, but also mixes well with other designs, particularly when it's used as a contrast with green Foxglove and Apple Blossom. For a good selection visit my website Premier Antiques

Carlton Ware Yellow 'Buttercup' Dish c1936

Royal Winton Terrace

Royal Winton 'Garden Terrace' Art Deco Flower Jug c1936

A rare art deco flower jug by Royal Winton in the form of an embossed garden scene with tree trunk handle. Hand painted flowers extend upwards from the base in lovely enamelled colours of blue, mauve, rose, orange and yellow. Distant steps and a terrace are framed by trees, creating a stunning effect. For more Terrace visit Premier Antiques

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Early Spode - 'Clobbered' Pattern 2635

Spode Dessert Dish, Pattern 2635 with Clobbered 'Italian' Border c1820

Pattern number 2635 was introduced in 1818 and uses the blue printed border used on the Italian pattern with over painted red and gold enamel decoration (known as 'clobbering') and a hand painted floral design to the centre. Here seen to beautiful effect on a perfect serving dish. For more details see Premier Antiques 

Shorter and Son - Daffodil

Shorter 'Daffodil' biscuit barrel c1935

A vibrant and scarce art deco design produced by Shorter in the mid 1930s. Here we have a wonderfully rare biscuit barrel which shows the design beautifully. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Friday, 12 July 2013

Shelley - Mabel Lucie Attwell

Shelley child's mug by Mabel Lucie Attwell c1940

The famous book illustrator began designing for Shelley in the 1920s with a few proto-type images and by 1926 was given full credit with the introduction of her BooBoo teapot, milk jug and sugar basin. Other  designs followed, printed on tableware intended for use by children. Difficult to find in reasonable condition, pieces in good order are now at a premium. For more Mabel Lucie Attwell designs see my website Premier Antiques

Shelley baby's plate by Mabel Lucie Attwell c1935

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Grimwade's WW1 Bairnsfather Ware 'Coiffure in the Trenches'

Grimwade's WW1 Bairnsfather Ware Old Bill Wall Plaque c1919

A superb Grimwade's Bruce Bairnsfather large plaque printed in sepia with 'COIFFURE IN THE TRENCHES - KEEP YER 'EAD STILL, OR I'LL 'AVE YER BLINKIN' EAR OFF' (as a massive shell whizzes overhead) and a picture border of helmets, plum tins, buckets, flasks, etc. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Chinese Ceramics - Lars Tharp


BBC4 - China in Six Easy Pieces
Ceramics expert Lars Tharp has picked his six favourite pieces representing Chinese taste. He goes on a journey through a thousand years of Chinese history, travelling from the ancient capital of Huangzhou in the south to Beijing's Forbidden City in the north, to uncover what these six pieces tell us about Chinese emperors, scholars, workers, merchants and artists. Watch it here on iPlayer (available until 23 July)

Spode's Imperial China - Blue Rose Pattern

Spode's Imperial China 'Blue Rose' Gadroon Edge Plate c1825

A pretty floral pattern introduced by Spode in 1825 for the Gadroon Edge dinner ware. Printed in medium blue with a central spray of roses and other flowers, together with a flying moth and butterfly. Framed by a pretty border of roses and smaller flowers on a stippled ground. For more details see Premier Antiques

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Crown Ducal - Orange Tree

Crown Ducal 'Orange Tree' sandwich set c1930

A classic art deco design consisting of a printed landscape in black with hand enamelled 'oranges'. Introduced in the 1920s and popular into the 30s. For more Crown Ducal visit my website Premier Antiques

Crown Ducal 'Orange Tree' petits fours plate c1928

Crown Ducal 'Orange Tree' coffee can c1930

Maling Lustre - Embossed Blossom Bough

Maling 'Blossom Bough' jug c1955

In the post war period Maling began producing moulded wares using floral motifs and using their signature 'thumb print' lustres. Here we have a lovely jug in pink 'Blossom Bough' - one of the prettiest of these ranges. For more details see Premier Antiques

Davenport - Green Glazed Majolica

Davenport green glazed majolica plate c1870

The fashion for moulded green glazed wares was revived in the 1850s and continued throughout the Victorian period. It was particularly valued for dessert sets and indeed most cakes, fruits, etc. look stunning on these vibrant colours. Here we have a lovely vine leaf plate, not very common and nicely impressed with the Davenport mark and dated 1870. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Impressed Davenport make and year marks for February 1870

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Royal Doulton and Charles Dickens

Royal Doulton Dickens Ware Miniature 'Bill Sykes' Vase D5175 c1935

A rare Royal Doulton Dickens Ware 'A' Series miniature 7018 shape vase. Designed by Charles Noke, it depicts one of the greatest villains of all time, Bill Sykes from 'Oliver Twist'. For more details see Premier Antiques

Early Blue & White - Passion Flower Border Series

Passion Flower Border series 'Belvoir Castle' c1825

A lovely series of fourteen known views of England and Ireland with prominent passion flowers forming a common border. The views are named on a ribbon and floral sprig, but no maker's mark has yet been found. Illustrated is a fine plate showing Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques


Passion Flower Border series backstamp

Monday, 8 July 2013

Carlton Ware Rouge Royale

Carlton Ware Rouge Royale 'Mikado' Hexagonal Ashtray c1960

A superb rouge royale 'Mikado' deep ashtray hand enamelled with chinoiserie motifs finished in best gold. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Early Blue and White - Dawson Bird's Nest Pattern

Dawson 'Bird's Nest' pattern c1825

A rare pattern from the South Hylton and Ford Potteries (John Dawson) of Sunderland. Produced on tea wares and printed in medium to dark blue. A seated boy shows a bird's nest to a standing girl and her dog, set in a parkland with a large house in the distance and framed by a border of flowers and scrolls on a stippled ground. For more details see Premier Antiques

Dawson of Sunderland 'Bird's Nest' Tea Cup and Saucer c1825

Royal Winton Chanticleer or Rooster

Royal Winton 'Chanticleer' Rooster Cream Jug c1939

A lovely 1930's art deco period cream jug in the very collectable Grimwades 'Chanticleer' or 'Rooster' design. An early version with a vibrantly painted cockerel in pastel shades. For more details see Premier Antiques

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Royal Doulton Nursery Ware 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred'

Royal Doulton Daily Mirror 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred' Mug c1930

Based on the Daily Mirror comic strip, this charming Royal Doulton series was only in production from 1927 to 1935. Featuring Pip the dog, Squeak the penguin and Wilfred the rabbit created by Uncle Dick (B J Lamb) and drawn by A B Payne. This rare children's mug shows scene four of five 'Hullo Popski and Auntie - going to join the Gugnuncs?'. The name 'Gugnunc' came about because Wilfred spoke only in baby talk and 'gug' and 'nunc' were his favourite words. The Gugnunc club was formed and held parties and an annual rally at the Royal Albert Hall, raising funds for children’s hospitals and charities. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton 'Pip, Squeak and Wilfred' Child's Mug c1930