Saturday, 17 September 2016

Studio Pottery Vase - Mystery

I need a little bit of help attributing this vase to the correct potter.

Initally it looks quite crude - almost school art room project. That is until you have a look at the marking on the underside.

It is thrown, then flattened to an ovoid  shape and with a cut top to create an asymetrical form. Decorated with an icised pattern of psuedo runes ?

A very clever and well made monogram seal mark has been impressed in to the underside before firing. The monogram looks to read RC or CR or possibly RG or GR. A school room would not have gone to the trouble or cost of creating a seal, that might only be used once or twice. I have assumed that this is the mark of a potter set up to create "multiples" either a keen amateur or a more porfessional set up.


Friday, 22 April 2016

Italian Art Pottery - Deruta

Who made this ??

It's an Italian art pottery model of a green donkey pulling a brightly coloured cart. Nothing usunual about that, I hear you say - other than it's size. Normally seen as small models about 10cm long and bought whilst on holiday in Italy - many potters would and still do make them, many are poor quality whilst others have a controlled naive quality, as if a very good potter is trying to dumb down !! This one has a bit of that but is really only unusal because of it's size -- 34cm long ??

The is a pencil price on the underside of 32/6 does this mean 32 shilling and 6 pence ?? - that was quite a lot.

... and also a painted makers mark of "40003 Deruta Italy"

What does this mean and who made it ?How do I interpret this mark - Deruta is a town in the Umbria region of central Italy renown for it's maiolica tin glazed pottery but what does the 40003 stand for ? Is it a pattern number or perhaps a telephone or postcode? Any help ??

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Industria Ceramica Salernitana ICS - Italian Art Pottery

Here is a recently bought Italian studio or art pottery lamp base decorated with an African safari theme of motifs, including; elephant, zebra, giraffe, native shields and stick like plants.

I say "recently bought" - but not recently discovered !! as this lamp had been languishing unloved in a not too far away antiques for years. I had looked at it before and recognised the marks but was put off by the ugly faded chrome fittings that had been plastered to the top !! urgghhh what people will do, thinking that it would improve something.

.... anyway; at last I was brave enough to buy it and try to remove the plaster. Expecting hours of trouble and the chance of total failure - wrong - I simply soaked it and wow except for a tiny chip on the top rim - perfect and 1000 times better.

But what is it you scream ?? Surely it's some naive school pot that doesn't deserve your time.

Well actually it not and really quite interesting - the on the underside is a little fish with the initials I.C.S, which as I understand, is an acronym for Industria Ceramica Salernitana.

This factory founded in 1927 by the German businessman, Max Melamerson in Marina di Vietri in workshops previously used by the potters "Della Monica". This region of Italy had a strong German influence and refered to as the so-called "German colony of Vietri". Much of technical and artistic talent was from overseas, including; the technical collaboration of the German, Gunter Stüdemann and from Russians such as the painter Liesel Oppel, ceramic sculptor Lothar Eglive, the modellers Hilde Ramberlieg , the painters Olga Daibes , Amos Marianne and Elisabeth Schveizer , the potters Pieschen , Irene Kowaliska and with ceramist Richard Dolker as artistic director.
Among Italians working in the manufacture, among others, Guido Gambone , Vincenzo Procida and his son Salvatore , John Carrano , Francis Solimene and John Falcone .
Pottery made in the thirtiesoften has naïve and highly simplified patterns and generally two-tone. There follow a period of expansion and by 1933 they were able to exhibit at the Salernitana II Art Shows and several times at the Milan Triennale.

In 1935 the post of artistic director of manufacturing is assigned to Guido Gambone (1909-1969), a name revered by Italian art pottery enthusiasts as the creator of some the more individual and iconic "modern" Italian ceramics.

 I do not know who designed or modelled this lamp or how to accurately date it - it has quite a Wiener Werkstatte feel to it - almost Suzi Singer - still a little bit enimatic.......


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Jean Hardy - Watercolours

Well... here I am back again returning to an old subject !!

The boudoir art of the French artist "Jean Hardy" - To see the original post CLICK HERE

I have been contacted by a collector who has found a watercolour painting by Jean Hardy together with an unsigned painting that looks to be by the same hand.  A typical subject of a pretty girl in a fancy dress wearing those pointy high heeled shoe that can be seen in many of his etchings.

Over the year, I have not come across any watercolours by this artist and it is good to see that he didn't limited his talent to just etchings. Many of these "boudoir artists" were also commercial artist producing art and illustrations for periodicals, magazines and advertisements... perhaps these were created for such a purpose ?

The "Spanish Lady" painting is signed "J Hardy October 1924" - which reinforces my original assessment of this artist's active period.

Have another look at my original posting to see more pictures by this artist... and go out and try a find some for yourself. There are plenty of postcards out there, fewer etching but how many paintings ??

Thanks to Stuart for letting me use his images.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Maud Tindal Atkinson - Sleeping Beauty etc

We have been lucky recently.... just look at these two pictures.

Both are super fine original watercolour paintings; the first of a young Prince ? in bed with a frog at the foot of his bed and the other has a young knight encountering a sleeping princess entombed in a glass coffin. Almost certainly the original paintings to be used to illustrate a childrens' books, perhaps "The Frog Price" and "Sleeping Beauty".

.... and before you say it; in the Grimm's fairy tale it is the Princess who finds the Frog Prince, so you might expect the figure in the bed to be a beautiful young girl, not as here, a youth!

 ... and as for the artist.... Amy Maud Tindal Atkinson (1875-1954)

She was a successful artist illustrator born at Shortlands in Kent. It is understood that she studied at Art Department of Kings College for Women in Kensington c1905 becoming asuccessful artist; exhibiting 15 works at the Royal Academy from 1906 to 1937. She was also the subject of a painting by Byam Shaw entitled "Maud, Daughter of His Honour Judge Tindal Atkinson." which was exhibited at the Royal Academy.

There are many examples of her work to found if googled and a quick look on abebooks list several editions illustrated with her pictures. Including;

The Land of Nice New Clothes by E. H. Paine (1920)
My Favourite Nursery Rhymes by Samuel J Looker (1922)
The Beautiful Childhood by E France Boulting(1926)
I Will Be Good by Dion Clayton Calthrop (1929)
The Hollow Tree by Geraldine Mockler (?) 

We have these for sale (at the time of posting) on our NEW website -- Go and have look !!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Philip Youngman Carter - Artist Writer

Hello ... I am pleased to be blogging again as I have been re-invigorated by some recent purchases !!

The first of which are these delightful little original prints discovered in a local "thrift" store (to use an Americanism). They were mounted and framed together in a long typical 1930's over mounted style. Sadly the frame and mount were not presentable and they didn't have any gallery labels or annotations.

Wood Engraving - Signed - P Youngman-Carter

A super little wood engraving signed P Youngman Carter - my immediate impression was to think of George Soper, who works almost always features working horses..... and it was mounted together with this etching of a townscape, view across a smokey roofs. If you had to do a "blind test", then I think everyone would assume that they were by different artist.... but no, again signed Youngman Carter.


Different subjects and very different styles, the wood engraving is very much the art deco style of the 1930's, whilst the townscape has a very contemporary style. 

A new name to me ... but a quick google and there he is ... but not so much known for his art but for is association with the fictional detective, Albert Campion as ... Philip "Pip" Youngman Carter was an married to the writer Margery Allingham, the creator of the Albert Campion detective novels. He created many of the cover illustrations for his wife's books and even continued to write Campion novels after her death... clever chap!

He was born in Watford in 1904 and studied art at Regent Street Polytechnic in London. Whilst still a student he produced drawings for The Daily Herald. I found some reference to him as "an etcher" and record that he exhibiting 4 works at the Royal Academy.

... this was the first post for a long time, so I apologise if this feels a little "thin" and under researched. If you need more info on Pip, then try where you can find pictures of him and his works. 

.... and both of these are for sale at (as of time of post)

Friday, 23 October 2015

The Last Post

Just a short note to everyone who has followed or read this blog over the years that I have posted.

I regret that I have not been able to be motivated to find or research new material. I feel that I have already covered many of the subjects that I have any empathy with and I have now found that I am simply going over old subjects, often only repeating the research of other bloggers.

So ...... for now this will be my last post ... no trumpets, though.

... and for a final picture, here is a lovely wood engraving that I found earlier in the year. This one is by Charles William Taylor (1875/8 -1960) and titled "Findon Farm". I have it hanging over my desk as I type this. For more information on this artist, see Modern Printmakers Blog - HERE

Friday, 24 July 2015

Pottery Mystery -- HELP

Here is a another recent purchase that I need help identifying.

... more modern stuff ??

As you can see from the mark, this was made in Italy and also seems to have a makers ? mark of I/R. Other than that, there is nothing more I know about this vase, with out just guess work.
It feels "post war modern", the glazes used are finely fired and the colours bright and fresh, quite a cheerful pot, unlike British studio pottery which is generically gloomy and brown. The painted "ITALY" mark is not unusual, as it is seen on many pots by many different makers, such as Bitossi or Fratelli Fanciullacci.
So.... if you know any thing about this... then please leave a comment.