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Terracotta glazed jar

Post by carlos32golf on September 29th 2015, 1:03 pm

Hello all

Can anyone help me with this terracotta jar that I have , looks to be missing a lid .

It seems to have been covered in a green paint as the original glaze underneath is black , I am looking for an approximate age of the jar (or any advice onto how you would tell the age of the pottery)

and maybe some advice onto how to remove the green paint would be great..


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Re: Terracotta glazed jar

Post by Marcusborra on September 29th 2015, 1:55 pm

Looks to me someone has attempted to ruin a real piece of Antique Welsh pottery. Slipware, Blackware Pot possibly made at somewhere like Buckley in Wales.
If the paint could be removed without causing damage the it would look amazing.
Possibly Circa 1800
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Post by Marcusborra on September 29th 2015, 2:18 pm

The upper part of your pot would have been glazed a very dark brown, the same as the glaze on the inside. I notice that the blue paint has started to wear away near the top and if you are lucky and very careful hot soapy water could remove the paint but be gentle and don't apply abrasives, these would damage what could be a nice item.
Try Googling 'Buckley Blackware Pottery', look at images of similar items for how yours should look.
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Post by NaomiM on September 29th 2015, 2:58 pm

I agree with the others and that it's missing a lid

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Re: Terracotta glazed jar

Post by carlos32golf on September 29th 2015, 3:11 pm

Thank you guys

Very kind with your knowledge as usual...

I will try and remove the green pain 'gently'
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Post by Marcusborra on September 29th 2015, 3:32 pm

The trend on TV to feature programs that improve brown furniture, antiques etc. by over painting them is ruining items that in some cases have survived for many hundreds of years.  
The term "shabby chic" drives me wild. Leave these things alone.
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Post by carlos32golf on September 30th 2015, 12:13 pm

I have managed to remove the paint - so far so good.

It was an easy paint to remove , latex type paint which just peeled off in warm soapy water.

Thanks for the advice





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Post by dantheman on September 30th 2015, 12:30 pm

wow that looks so much better! I will have to look more closely at these 'improved' pots as I usually ignore them

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Post by NaomiM on September 30th 2015, 12:32 pm

Most Excellent

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Post by Marcusborra on September 30th 2015, 1:29 pm

Fantastic find and well done. Don't worry about a lid, if it had one it was probably made of wood. You have turned "shabby chic" into "ANTIQUE"    
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Post by Mordeep on September 30th 2015, 2:40 pm

Wow, what a difference that made.

I have no idea why this fad of shabby s**t continues. Originally it was to convert brown furniture that could not be sold into French country house furniture that people wanted. Now people with no sense are painting and stenciling anything they can find and selling it to people with even less sense. Maybe one day people will wake up and realise there is a charm in having something as the person who made it intended.
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Re: Terracotta glazed jar

Post by carlos32golf on September 30th 2015, 2:54 pm

Thanks again guys , I knew it had character when I bought it, but I love it even more now it has the original glaze showing.

It is funny how a little bit of history behind the object can make you more attached to it.
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