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Derek Beaver, Edinburgh

Post by r-and-f on October 25th 2012, 3:20 pm

This heavy studio pottery (or art pottery) vase with a mottled, slightly drippy blue glaze looks and feels quite old.  

On the base are impressed Edinburgh, and a monogram which looks like a small D inside a bigger B.

The book shows a mark like this for Dora Billington, but I can't find any reference to her having potted in Edinburgh. Can anyone help, please?





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Not Dora Billington

Post by NaomiM on October 25th 2012, 5:43 pm

We've had this mark before, but it wasn't identified.

http://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t8782-initials-db-id-needed#80714


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Re: Derek Beaver, Edinburgh

Post by r-and-f on October 25th 2012, 8:29 pm

Wow! What a memory! Yes, definitely the same mark, and I can see similarities in the glaze. But sadly it doesn't get us any further forward, because there are hardly any Dora Billington pots on Google images for comparison. Frustrating!
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Gordon Beaver, Edinburgh, UK ? - Derek Beaver

Post by climberg64 on August 22nd 2015, 8:42 pm



This was attributed to Gordon Beaver but I can't find mention of him, so I don't know how reliable that is.

The mark is a B in a hexagonal impressed mark. This one seems to have an overlying D also and a separate A.

Colours don't appear well in this pic.


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Re: Derek Beaver, Edinburgh

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Re: Derek Beaver, Edinburgh

Post by studio-pots on August 23rd 2015, 10:27 am

As you have expressed doubts about the information and, like you, I can't find any reference to a Gordon Beaver or Beever being in that area and making pottery, I think it is best to move the thread here.

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Re: Derek Beaver, Edinburgh

Post by r-and-f on August 23rd 2015, 8:24 pm

I have three pots by this mystery Edinburgh potter, but absolutely no clue as to who he or she might be.  Discussed previously on this thread: http://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t10160-blue-pottery-vase-could-it-be-by-dora-billington.

A similar or identical mark is attributed in the BSPM book to Dora Billington, so I did a little bit of investigation to try to find out if Dora Billington might have potted for a time in Edinburgh.  She had a long career as a teacher at the Central School of Art and Craft in London, but I couldn't account fully for her whereabouts during 1941/2 in the period when the School was evacuated from London.  But I couldn't trace any record of her being in Edinburgh at that time, so that idea turned out to be a dead end.  

I feel sure that one day this potter will be identified . . . but when?
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Re: Derek Beaver, Edinburgh

Post by NaomiM on March 19th 2017, 1:57 pm

IDed as Derek Beaver

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