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Sgraffito owl mug - Arthur Griffiths?

Post by NaomiM on Thu May 30, 2013 6:54 am

Dealer thought it was by Arthur Griffiths, and the mark looks like his initials, aG, but can't find an example of Griffiths's mark for comparison.








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Post by Oldmagpie on Thu May 30, 2013 7:24 am

there is an Arthur J Griffiths impressed mark in Goddens for 1948- its not as curvy as yours and in a rectangle rather than a circle. He worked at both Crowan and Leach whether that's any help or not I don't know Embarrassed
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Post by studio-pots on Thu May 30, 2013 7:38 am

The mark does look quite like Arthur Griffith's mark but the mug is nothing like his work.

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Post by NaomiM on Thu May 30, 2013 7:59 am

studio-pots wrote:....but the mug is nothing like his work.

Agreed. It's more like a piece of Bideford pottery.
I'm wondering if an apprentice has got hold of one of Griffith's jugs to practice their sgraffito technique. I'll have a look through the list of potters at Crowan to see if someone like Matt Grimmitt was ever there.

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Post by studio-pots on Thu May 30, 2013 8:06 am

The handle and shape of the jug wouldn't fit with Griffith's work either.

Don't understand the Crowan/Grimmitt reference, as Matt has only been potting for a few years and, although I don't know his age, guess that he might not have been born when Crowan closed in 1962.

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Post by NaomiM on Thu May 30, 2013 8:11 am

Oops, ok not Corwan, then.

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Post by studio-pots on Thu May 30, 2013 8:27 am

Matt is Elijah Comfort's great great grandson so that I would guess he is in his late twenties/early thirties. Comfort was the old boy, who helped Michael Cardew in the early days at Winchcombe, having worked at the pottery then owned by the Beckett family before it had closed down in 1914.

Matt is really very inexperienced but I understand that he has been left in charge at the Winchcombe Pottery recently, so really thrown in at the deep end.

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Post by Potty on Thu May 30, 2013 8:32 am

I quite rate Matt Grimmitt's medieval style pottery. Most Excellent

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Post by NaomiM on Thu May 30, 2013 8:35 am

Matt's definitely one to watch.
However, in this respect I only meant someone of Matt's caliber, not necessarily Matt himself.

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Post by studio-pots on Thu May 30, 2013 8:44 am

This isn't going to get this owl mug identified though. It's nothing like the work of Arthur Griffiths, nothing like anything made in Bideford or at the Crowan Pottery or anything that Matt Grimmitt has made.

A person with an owl avatar must know the answer or the avatar needs to go!

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Post by NaomiM on Thu May 30, 2013 8:53 am

To whit, to who?

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Post by skay on Thu May 30, 2013 8:53 am

Quick Potty, get Bess on here!

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Post by Potty on Thu May 30, 2013 11:01 am

studio-pots wrote:A person with an owl avatar must know the answer or the avatar needs to go!

Look what you made me do! Waaah

I'll get her to have a look skay Excellent

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Post by studio-pots on Thu May 30, 2013 7:07 pm

Now that's far more butch.

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Post by Potty on Fri May 31, 2013 2:39 am

Oh good Big Laughter

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