Monday 30 September 2013

Royal Winton 'Florence' Chintz

Grimwades Royal Winton 'Florence' Chintz Ascot Sugar Bowl c1945

A pretty Royal Winton 'Florence' sugar bowl, always a fresh looking pattern that displays beautifully. For more details and other pieces of Florence see Premier Antiques

Saturday 28 September 2013

Early Tyneside Silver Lustre Pottery

An unmarked silver lustre cream jug, but attributed to Robert Maling of the Ouseburn Pottery, Newcastle who brought many of the lustre techniques with him from the Sunderland potteries when the Malings moved to Newcastle in 1815. For more details see Premier Antiques

Silver Lustre Cream Jug c1830

Blue and white 'Alpine Scenery'

English Pearlware 'Alpine Scenery' Cream Jug c1830

A lovely cream jug printed in dark blue with a scene of castles, lake and mountains. For more details see Premier Antiques

Friday 27 September 2013

Royal Doulton Character Jugs

Robin Hood

First introduced in the 1930s, these famous Royal Doulton items provide a great source for collectors. In various sizes from an inch or so (Tiny) to six inches plus (Large), collections can fit on a small shelf or fill a whole dresser. For more Royal Doulton characters visit Premier Antiques

Sir Francis Drake

Long John Silver

Mr Micawber

Thursday 26 September 2013

Clarice Cliff Budgerigars

Clarice Cliff 'Budgerigar' Wall Pocket c1936

A charming Clarice Cliff art deco wall pocket modelled as two love birds on a branch. For more details see Premier Antiques

Carlton Ware Pink Buttercup

Carlton Ware Pink 'Buttercup' Plate c1938

A lovely Carlton Ware buttercup plate in the rarer pink colourway. For details and more buttercup items visit Premier Antiques

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Antique vaseline glass

Vaseline Glass Posy Vase c1900

The most typical colour of uranium glass is pale yellowish-green, which in the 1920s led to the term 'vaseline' glass being used as it looked as if the glass had been smeared with petroleum jelly. Here shown on a fine posy vase with vertical ribbed panels. For more details see Premier Antiques

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Antique Vaseline Glass

Set of Vaseline Glass Floral Napkin Holders c1900

An unusual set of six vaseline glass napkin holders hand blown in the form of flowers with spiralled stems to hold the napkin. For more details see Premier Antiques

Saturday 21 September 2013

Carlton Ware 'Pear' Preserve Pot

Carlton Ware 'Pear' Preserve Pot c1955

A fine vintage Carlton Ware preserve pot hand painted and modelled as a pear sitting on a leaf shaped saucer. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Winton Tennis Sets

Introduced in the 1920s as a combined saucer and plate with teacup, they were used for parties, picnics, etc and in the 50s were marketed as TV sets. Royal Winton were a main producer, with sets in most of their ranges. Below is a pretty Mayfair chintz set. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Winton 'Mayfair' c1951

Thursday 19 September 2013

Royal Doulton 'Magnella'

Royal Doulton 'Magnella' Dish D6298 c1950

A lovely 8237 shape cake tray or dish in the 'flowers on a mottled background' series of hand painted wares. For more details see Premier Antiques

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Victorian Cranberry Glass

Cranberry glass jug c1880

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Cranberry glass dish c1880

Monday 16 September 2013

Victorian Glass Salts

Glass salts are great to use and look lovely on the dining table. They were great favourites with Victorian households too; you can see this from the many colours, shapes and sizes. Nice to find in pairs like this green pair with applied clear glass frills to the edge. I like to use them with bone or mother-of-pearl salt spoons. Silver and plated ones look good too, but I always feel they need extra care as salt can badly corrode metals. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Pair of Victorian Green Glass Salts c1880

Sunday 15 September 2013

Royal Doulton 'Floral Pattern I'

Royal Doulton 'Floral Pattern I' Series Rack Plate c1925 D4549

An early block printed Royal Doulton geometric floral pattern rack plate in contrasting lilac, deep blue, green, yellow and cerise. A vibrant example of the 'Floral I' series, produced from 1925 and withdrawn by 1942. For more details see Premier Antiques

Friday 13 September 2013

Grimwade's WW1 Bruce Bairnsfather Wares

Grimwade's WW1 Bruce Bairnsfather Ware 'Old Bill' Beaker c1920

A fine Grimwade's Bruce Bairnsfather beaker depicting one of his World War One 'Old Bill' cartoons with the caption 'Dear _ At Present We Are Staying At A Farm'. Sitting amongst bombed ruins writing a postcard home. For more details and a good selection of Bairnsfather Wares visit Premier Antiques 

Thursday 12 September 2013

Don Pottery 'Named Italian Views' Series

Don Pottery 'Named Italian Views' Series Pearlware Soup Plate c1820

A titled scene 'The Tomb of Theron at Aggrigentum' from the Don Pottery 'Named Italian Views' series. Printed in medium blue it depicts a group of travellers sketching and exploring the ancient ruined tomb. Below the picture are the words ' Tomb of Theron at Aggrigentum' and the border consists of flowers and leaves against a stippled ground with two prominent putti holding garlands. For more details see Premier Antiques

Royal Worcester Hand Painted Blush Ivory Wares

Royal Worcester Blush Ivory Jug with Dragon Handle c1906

A lovely antique Royal Worcester jug with a finely modelled dragon handle, hand painted with sprays of wild roses, columbines and forget-me-not on a blush ground. For more details see Premier Antiques 

Royal Doulton 'Dutch A - Harlem' Series Miniatures

Royal Doulton 'Dutch A - Harlem' Series Ware Miniature Jug c1910

An early Royal Doulton 'Dutch A - Harlem' series miniature bone china jug designed by Charles Noke. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Wednesday 11 September 2013

A Minor Bird by Robert Frost

September 11 Memorial, NY (photo James Ewing)

I have wished a bird would fly away,
And not sing by my house all day;

Have clapped my hands at him from the door
When it seemed as if I could bear no more.

The fault must partly have been in me.
The bird was not to blame for his key.

And of course there must be something wrong
In wanting to silence any song. 

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Grimwades Royal Winton Nicene Ware

Grimwades Royal Winton 'Grape and Carnation' Nicene Ware c1925

A vibrant Grimwades Royal Winton bowl in the rare Nicene Ware range introduced at about the same time as Byzanta Ware in the 1920s. Beautifully hand painted with carnations and grapes on a deep blue 'textured' background. For more details and a good selection of Royal Winton visit Premier Antiques

Joseph Clementson - Pekin Sketches

Joseph Clementson - Pekin Sketches c1835

A lovely plate with a gadrooned edge made by Joseph Clementson in the 1830s. A Chinese river scene which includes a prominent vase of flowers and pagodas in the distance. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Monday 9 September 2013

Grimwades Byzanta Ware

Grimwades 'Finches' Blue Lustre Byzanta Ware Candlesticks c1928

In 1925 Grimwades (Royal Winton) introduced their first range of lustre wares which they called 'Byzanta' to evoke the colour and richness of the Byzantine empire. Here shown to great effect on a beautiful pair of candlesticks hand painted with finches on a sponged blue lustre ground. A rare design not often seen, especially on candlesticks. For more details see Premier Antiques

Sunday 8 September 2013

Victorian Majolica Vases

Thomas Sergent Palissy Style Majolica Vase c1890

Victorian majolica was developed by ceramics expert Herbert Minton and chemist Leon Arnoux and first shown at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. This 'new' Victorian art form combined ceramic artistry and glazing techniques and many unusual shapes were produced. Vases in particular often show unique features, though they are now difficult to find in good condition. For a selection visit my website Premier Antiques

Wedgwood Majolica Aesthetic Movement Spill Vases c1873

Webb's Satin Glass

Webb's Cased Satin Glass c1880

From the 1850s the Thomas Webb glasshouse began producing fine crystal and coloured glass. By the 1870s they were famous for producing cased satin glass. Some of the best and most difficult to produce were pieces like the example above, where air has been trapped as the glass is worked to produce a diamond 'quilted' effect. Made in several shapes and colours (pink, blue, yellow and turquoise), examples are now rare to find especially in good condition. See more details at Premier Antiques

Saturday 7 September 2013

Royal Winton Pixie

Royal Winton Pixie flower trough c1940

Introduced in 1936 and I think intended for the nursery. Queen Mary bought several pieces for Marlborough House in 1937 and by 1939 other colour variations including pastel shades were added to the range. Here is a very rare flower trough with inset. A fantastic item in excellent condition. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Wedgwood Blue and White Toilet Box

Rare to find in good condition, toilet or toothbrush boxes were made throughout the 19th century. Here is a fine Wedgwood one printed with cherubs and a Greek border. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques

Wedgwood 'Cherub' Toothbrush or Toilet Box and Lid c1900

Friday 6 September 2013

Hancock's Blue 'Titian Ware'

Hancock's Blue 'Titian Ware' Fluted Dish by F. X. Abraham c1930

An unusual fluted rectangular dish with hand painted Titian Ware fruit on a lovely deep blue background. For more details see Premier Antiques

Gray's Susie Cooper 'Crocus'

Most collectors have seen Clarice Cliff's crocus design, but here is a very rare version of crocus produced by Susie Cooper for Gray's Pottery around 1928. It's interesting to see how the theme, though similar in technique can look so different in the hands of two great designers. For more details visit Premier Antiques

Gray's Susie Cooper 'Blue Crocus'

Clarice Cliff 'Crocus'

Thursday 5 September 2013

Early Blue and White - John Davenport

John Davenport 'Vase on a Wall' Pattern Plate c1820

A lovely 'Vase on a wall' pearlware plate by John Davenport. Printed in medium blue with an urn full of flowers sitting on a wall in a garden setting. Framed with an unusual border of fruit, flowers and scrolls on a dark stippled ground. For more details see Premier Antiques

Clarice Cliff Windbells

Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Windbells' Athens Jug c1933

One of the most vibrant of art deco designs with a black sinuous tree and shimmering blue leaves set against a wavy background of yellow, orange and green. Produced briefly in 1933 and 1934. Shown here to full effect on a rare small Athens jug. For more details see Premier Antiques

Wednesday 4 September 2013

Wedgwood Majolica

Wedgwood Majolica Sardine Box c1878

Wedgwood had produced green and brown glazed wares since their beginnings in the 18th century. By the 1860s they had started to produce ranges using multi-coloured majolica glazes and by the 1870s had become prime producers of wares in the Aesthetic Movement style. Here are some fine examples produced in this innovative period.

Wedgwood Majolica 'Satyr and Ivy' Oval Comport c1871

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Pair of Wedgwood Majolica Spill Vases c1873

Shelley Chintz

Shelley 'Pink Summer Glory' Dish

Although not as prolific as Royal Winton, Shelley produced some distinctive all over floral designs which are also much sought after by collectors. The most well known is probably Melody, a delicate and fresh looking design with daisies, cornflowers and thrift on a pale green background. For a selection see Premier Antiques

Shelley 'Melody' Muffin Dish and Cover

Shelley 'Maytime' Square Butter Dish and Cover c1939

Royal Doulton 'Dutch A - Harlem' Series

Royal Doulton 'Dutch A - Harlem' Jug D1886 c1910

An early and unusual Royal Doulton 'Dutch A - Harlem' series jug designed by Charles Noke. For more information visit my website Premier Antiques 

Tuesday 3 September 2013

Maling Lustre - Columbine

Maling 'Columbine' Pink Lustre Flower Jug

Looking at the pattern books, 1936 was a very productive year for Maling. Many of their most famous designs were introduced then, including 'Columbine', and here we have a stunning jug in rose pink lustre. This classic Maling shape was intended to be used as a flower vase, the hexagonal shape and scrolled handle works beautifully with their floral designs. Rare to find these days in good condition like this. For more details and other pieces of Maling, visit Premier Antiques

Royal Doulton 'Sir Roger de Coverley'

Royal Doulton 'Sir Roger de Coverley Playing Bowls' Rack Plate c1938

A fine rack plate from the Sir Roger de Coverley series showing Sir Roger playing bowls with Mr Spectator. One of seven scenes based on characters created by Thomas Steele for The Spectator which was first published in 1711. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques 

Monday 2 September 2013

Molly Hancock Corona Ware 'Indus'

Hancock's Corona Ware 'Indus' Vase by Molly Hancock c1928

A large and impressive Hancock's 'Indus' trumpet shaped vase designed by Molly Hancock with a vibrantly hand painted oriental scene. Masses of colour and gilding on a cobalt blue and apricot lustre background. A stunning design that's rarely seen. For more details visit my website Premier Antiques