These are examples of pots that their owners love and wanted to share with other members.
|CC1. Wedgwood Bowl by Norman Wilson
“This large bowl is earthenware and has a stunning rust and cream coloured, ribbed vertically outside with an incredible ‘piano’ black inside. It is 11.5 inches diameter. Looking back I realise I looked at pots admiringly even as a small child. I loved this pot from the moment I first saw it when it was new in 1962 and I was still at junior school. It belonged to my Granny whose youngest son worked at Wedgwood for the whole of his career eventually becoming Sales Director. He gave her presents from Wedgwood that I often coveted! When Granny died this stunning bowl was given to me, still in my teens, but utterly hooked on pots”.
|CC1a. Base of bowl
“Since then I have bought 2 more bowls of identical shape with two completely different but equally stunning and unexpected colour combinations. Just a few years ago, in the same rust and black combination I found a flowerpot for the remarkable price of 75p – well worth the 35 year gap of waiting for another piece to show up.”
|CC2. Wedgwood Bowl by Norman Wilson
“This small bowl is earthenware and has a cool, elegant, horizontally ribbed outside in blues with a matt white inside, probably Moonstone glaze. It is 6.5 inches diameter. It is a sharp contrast to the rust and black design but equally stunning. Bought in about 1975 this was £5 – a bargain by today’s standards but a third of my weekly wage at the time. Norman Wilson’s shapes are usually exquisite but very simple perhaps inspired by oriental shapes. On both these pieces I find it fascinating how the ridged mouldings enhance the effect of the colour on the outside combined with the daring use of a single colour contrast on the inside.
|CC2a. Base of bowl
Of all my pots these are the pieces I would choose to grab in the face of a disaster but can understand they would not have been a commercial success when produced. I have been collecting for 40 years too and for about 30 of these had a self-imposed rule, to curb my craving for pottery, by spending no more than £10. It was a great and fun way to collect and quickly taught me the skill of haggling. Now I have upped my budged to £20 and still happily finding those bargains.”
|CC3. PICKLE DISH
A Limehouse porcelain shell dish decorated in underglaze blue with swimming waterfowl.
On the base an impressed or incised A (or inverted V) over 12
|CC4. Minton Soup Plate
“Reginald Haggar came to Stoke-on-Trent in 1929 as Assistant Designer at Mintons but after only 6 months, at the age of 25, he became Art Director. His jolly design called “Noah’s Ark”, pattern number C5069, painted in bright enamels was introduced in March 1930 and exhibited at Buenos Aires in 1931. This soup plate always makes me smile”.
See CC13. for another Reginald Haggar piece.
A rare and unusual Limehouse porcelain vase with the mouldings picked out in underglaze blue.
This shape is also found in white saltglaze stoneware and an example of the latter in the Potteries Museum is illustrated by Arnold Mountford in Staffordshire Salt-glazed Stoneware. Also illustrated in White Salt-glazed Stoneware of the British Isles by Diana Edwards and Rodney Hampson, figure 96.
When viewed from the side the grotesque mask changes into a bird’s head.
|CC6. PICKLE DISH
Cockpit Hill shell dish in a “Porcellaneous body”. Well-moulded shell on three spiral/conical feet. Decorated in underglaze blue with stylised sprigs (including a “profile-bud”) within a solid blue border. This pickle dish is one of a pair. The pair is illustrated in Ceramics of Derbyshire (1978) as item 381.
The reverse of the pickle dish showing the conical feet.
Also note the label for the ECC Exhibition of 1977 and the old Collectors mark ‘GB’ in a turquoise ink for Gilbert Bradley, whose splendid collection of Blue and White was sold at Christie’s in 1981.
|CC7. MINIATURE TEABOWL
Bow bone-ash porcelain miniature polychrome teabowl decorated with enamel flora. Translucency pale orange straw.
Height 2.75cms & Diameter 4.5cm.
A very large Whitehaven bowl decorated with prints coloured in high temperature underglaze colours.
16 inches diameter.
|CC8a. The inside
The inside is decorated with an elaborate hunting scene surrounding a fine house set in extensive grounds.
The border incorporates reserves containing cows (illustrated) and sheep.
In the centre of the base is an accurate depiction of Whitehaven Castle. It would seem that this was an ownership mark. Sir William Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale, rebuilt the mansion in the 1760s and named it Whitehaven Castle. The Lowther family had extensive interests in Whitehaven and its surrounding coal mines.
There was probably one of these large washbowls & matching jug in every bedroom but this is the only piece known to have survived.
Mark: WHH&Co for Woodnorth, Harrison & Hall
A Derby porcelain teapot, with scroll handle, fluted spout and gourd-shaped body. Finely decorated in enamels. On this side a hunt is in progress.
A close up of the hunting scene
On the other side of the teapot is a finely painted spray of roses and other flowers
Red and brown agate mug, thrown and turned, multi-ribbed strap handle with kick on lower terminal, lead glazed. No marks.
Ex Lomax and Gollancz collections. This mug is thought to be an example of Mahogany Ware, as ordered from Josiah Wedgwood at Burslem by John Tidmarsh on August 18, 1763: “And Please to buy me Ten Crates of the Mahogany Golden Hill Ware but there must be no Decanters at all. As many basons [sic] in each Crate as they can spare.”‘ (Wedgwood MS; 30184-11) Goldenhill is north of Tunstall, in the Potteries.(Wedgwood documents are quoted by kind permission of the Trustees of the Wedgwood Museum.)
|CC11. CAUGHLEY MUSTARD POT
A late 18th century Caughley mustard pot with a later replacement lid of Dutch silver. The pattern is the “Three Flowers” pattern, and the porcelain bears the “C” mark sometimes seen when this pattern is used on mustard pots. The silver lid bears Dutch hallmarks for the early 19th century.
Caughley apparently had regular trade with Holland, perhaps through the Mr. Ferguson, who seems to have had a retail or wholesale shop in Holland. (G. Godden, Caughley & Worcester Porcelains, 1775-1800 (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1981), page 67.)
|CC12. TOBACCO JAR BY BERNARD MOORE
A tobacco jar with a flambe glaze and tight seal requiring release by turning of the metal knob.
The base of the tobacco jar showing the mark.
|CC13. MINTON ‘HAGGAR’ PLAQUE
An earthenware Minton plaque designed by Reginald Haggar with a transfer and hand enamelled design.
The owner included this ‘hard to find’ item to celebrate the NCS’s first President Reginald Haggar.
See CC4 for another Reginald Haggar piece.
Probably early 1930s
|CC14. PUNCH POT
A large pearlware punch pot, printed underglaze in dark brown in the Boy on a Ram pattern and hand coloured in warm underglaze colours. It has an acanthus leaf and rib moulded spout and a floral and leaf border.
A teapot of this form and decorated with the same print is illustrated by John Griffin in The Yorkshire Potteries as plate 126. He attributes it to the Greens Bingley period of the Swinton Pottery.
Height: 12 inches Diameter: 9 inches
Two pairs of examples of English tinglaze tiles showing Biblical scenes painted in London (1740-60) and Liverpool (1750-70). They demonstrate the relative sophistication of the London designs and the charmingly naive interpretation of the same events, probably done a few years later in Liverpool, omitting crucial elements of the stories!
Tobias with the Angel Raphael, catching a fish (Tobias 6 v.3). top left: London. top right: Liverpool, no fish!
Dives and Lazarus (Luke 16 v.20). bottom left: London, Lazarus scavenging scraps at the rich man’s table. bottom right: Liverpool, no Lazarus!
A rare 7 inch earthenware commemorative jug printed in blue underglaze in the Boy on a Ram pattern with over the glaze enamelling in brown, green, ochre, and yellow colours. The commemorative life event is hand painted in brown. It includes the name of John Webster, the date 1810 and several images of blacksmith’s tools. The jug was likely to be a special order to commemorate either the passing from apprentice to full blacksmith status or the retirement of John Webster.
Showing details of the blacksmith tools, including an anvil, bellows, nails, hammers, and assorted forge tools.
|CC17. LOVING CUP
A rare dated pearlware commemorative loving cup printed underglaze in blue in a line-engraved “Conversation” pattern with overglaze clobbering in rust red. The turned base and the cup’s rim have been decoratively enamelled in the same rust colour. The conversation pattern is on one side of the cup.
Height: 5.25inches Diameter 4.5inches
|CC17a. The reverse
On the other side is an oval cameo surrounded by two floral sprays. The name “I Worrall” and the date “1790” along with a leaf sprig have been hand painted in the oval. The cup is unmarked.
A Derby creamer with a ribbed body and scalloped rim. Decorated in vivid enamels.
Height:2″ (50mms) Total length 51/2″ (140mms)
It has an early handle replacement, raffia-covered metal.