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

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Valcera - Art Pottery From Switzerland

I found this pottery handled vase or ewer the other day -- a complete mystery to me. Slightly out of my period, as it looks post war "moderne", but some how attractive being decorated with a matt cream coloured glaze with hand painting in greens. The naïve stylisation of the prancing horse and trees or bushes can only add to it's charm.

But who made it ? There is a hand painted word on the underside together with some number, both painted over some words moulded in to the pot. I could not quite read the moulded marks but the painted word clearly read "Valiera" - or did it.


.... and after a few internet searches I realized that it wasn't Valiera but (as googled corrected me) Valcera, a pottery from Switzerland and possibly by "Mark Valcera" as stated by Invaluable and on Pinterest. However, before I went on the state with authority that my pot was by this Mark, I decided to search a bit deeper and try and find an source material.

Several auction houses have stated that similar works are by "Mark Valcera" including W H Peacocks, who sold several impressive lots of this pottery in 2014 (see picture above and below). Quoted productions dates included, 1950's, 1960's, 1940'-80's and 1960's-80's - not definitive.

Despite my best efforts, I am struggling to find any "facts" about this pottery although with the assistance of Antikvarchik, I was able to decipher the faint moulded marks on the underside as "Valcera Valais". This assists in locating the pottery to a canton in southern Switzerland which borders Italy. Interestingly "Valcera" is a place in Italy, just south of the Venetian Lagoon, perhaps our mystery pottery is of Italian decent.

As you can probably guess, I am struggling to find any facts and ask for assistance from you.

At the time of posting this article, my pot is listed in my Etsy Gallery - Click Here To View


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Odeon Survives - But Only Just

Here is a follow up to a post I did a few years ago about the architectural highlights of a the Surrey town, Redhill - "Art Deco - Redhill Odeon". About one of the few interesting building in the town centre, which at that time was an unused derelict.

However, now it has been saved - how you wonder? Easy it's been knocked down; well most of it, to make way for a stylish development of luxuries apartments, retail and social housing. A mere veneer of it former self currently remains. I hope some of its period character will be preserved when the development has been completed.

I will try to remember to post a few pictures when it's finished. If it's finished?

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Hilary Paynter (b1949) - Wood Engraving

Just found this !!


An original wood engraving titled "Le Placial, Dordogne" by the British artist Hilary Paynter. numbered 40 from an edition of 50 and dated 1971. I think my luck might have changed !! To find something different that I like - I have struggled recently to "SEE" anything that make me stop and look.
Hilary Paynter ?? a name I was aware of but not too familiar with - I now know see is a exceptionally talented artist printmaker and has been President of the Royal Institute of Painter Printmakers and Engravers.
Just type her name in google and hit images !!