Archive for Poole
From my post bag:
“I am finding it hard to find info on Poole pottery designs and artists. Is poole pottery always marked Poole on the back?
Who is MA? thats what my piece is marked. When was the Delphis line made and who started that line? “
When you are looking for specific detailed information about an art pottery there are two good things to try: Collectors clubs and Books dedicated to that pottery.
In the case of Poole Pottery there is loads of information around in fact it is possibly the best documented of all art potteries due to the number of enthusiastic collectors.
The Book “Poole Pottery” by Hayward and Atterbury has a long list of the decorators and artists with their signatures. You need the book alongside a picture of the piece and the mark to determine exactly who the artist is. I would need to see a picture of the “MA” signature to be able to help more here.
Another (cheaper) usefull book is “Collecting Poole Pottery” by Robert Prescott-Walker with lots of pictures and background information ( no artist signature lists in this one). Many years ago I attended a several week long course on ceramic identification run by the author of this book and he certainly seemed to know his stuff.
The Poole Collectors club website has forums galleries and reference pages which will help you lots too.
Is Poole Pottery always marked on the back ? I have come across the occasional piece without factory markings but this is relatively rare.
The Delphis line seems to have run from circa 1963 to circa 1979 with the earlier studio range being the most desirable. According to the Poole Pottery” book, the line was started from a range of shapes designed by Robert Jefferson, thrown by Guy Sydenham and decorated by Robert Jefferson and Tony Morris”.
Researching your antiques and vintage items is part of the fun of collecting – Enjoy
Heres a very old and very rare tile made in Poole by the Architectural Pottery co and dating from about 1860. Death riding on a horseback – well 1860 was at the height of the Victorian Gothic era and so it was most suitable for its time. I identified this tile from a picture of a similar one on the book “The decorated tile” by J & B Austwick. This book is long out of print but well worth trying to obtain a second hand copy if you are a collector of tiles. AntiquesAvenue has a range of interesting antique tiles available.
From my post bag:
I have a pair of small Poole pottery buff/yellow elephants in my
possession. These were purchased by my Mum and Dad on their honeymoon from Poole
Pottery in 1934. They are in perfect condition and I believe Harold Brownswood
designed them during the period he worked for Poole Pottery in 1928 to
I have searched the internet for any similar elephants with no success.
Are you able to shed any light of them for me please?
I have had a bit of a search around and cant find much about the elephants – I am presuming that these are bookends. As you say they were designed by Harold Brownsword who worked for the pottery in 1928 to 1930. According to the book “Poole Pottery” by Hayword and Atterbury: Brownsword (1885-1964) also designed other models for Poole including Knight Bookends. The elephants were made of slip cast white earthenware or stoneware. Yours look like the earthenware variation to me.
Do you have anything further to add ? if so please leave a comment here. AntiquesAvenue shop also has a Poole elephant for sale