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Post by NaomiM on January 9th 2017, 6:03 pm

I think we've had one of these before, which was suggested as Martin Bros.
Large vase with carved and glazed leaves on a red clay body.
Unmarked except for a partial label : ...GLEY ART POTTERY
Possibly Foley or Hadley or Torquay Ware? Sold via a Victorian Art Society subscription?









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Post by dantheman on January 9th 2017, 7:00 pm

I have seen similar colours and leaf design on Martin Bros pottery

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Re: Langley Mill Art Pottery Vase

Post by Mordeep on January 9th 2017, 7:04 pm

Its style plants it firmly in the late 1870s to early 1880's. It's not Martin brothers, everything they made was signed and sold even if half destroyed in the firing.

I'm certain it's competition piece by a gifted amateur, solo potter or a small producer. These labels crop up a lot on ceramic chargers from the period, its rare on a vase probably due to the cleaning a vase would get compared to a wall hanging.

Think the first line is the name of the society or group holding the competition. So Langley, Foley or similar art pottery group named after the town/community the society represented.
Second line I think starts with a C so Competition fits.
Third line is the name of the vase often in Latin after the plant or flower represented (can also be the name of the artist)
Fourth line starts with an A, I think that is Awarded. For the prize (silver, gold, bronze)

You could have other things on it but that lay out was standard. They slapped a label so when people visited they could read up on what it was and how it was rated and sometimes buy it.  Back then gifted artists could work in a studio like Minton's Kensington gore and have items sent off to be fired. The lines between amateur and professional got blurred.
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Re: Langley Mill Art Pottery Vase

Post by denbydump on January 9th 2017, 8:16 pm

It's Langley Mill.
This is the earliest art pottery, (as opposed to utilitarian wares),
they made c1880, with the remains of a very rare paper label.
The range had no name so collectors simply call it "Blue and brown".
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Re: Langley Mill Art Pottery Vase

Post by NaomiM on January 9th 2017, 8:20 pm

Cheers Most Excellent

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Re: Langley Mill Art Pottery Vase

Post by denbydump on January 9th 2017, 8:26 pm

They were never marked at all, and the range was only cofirmed as Langley when
some shards were found during excavation of the pottery site in 1992.
Maybe they all had paper labels... interesting.

My large vase with hops.



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Post by NaomiM on January 9th 2017, 8:35 pm

Nice :)

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Post by denbydump on January 9th 2017, 8:52 pm

Checking in the book, this specific paper label design is unrecorded.
A pity it's not all there, and the writing is indistinct.
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Post by NaomiM on January 9th 2017, 9:06 pm

Looks like there was a square label headed Langley Art Pottery, and a circular label over the top; maybe a price label?

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Post by Mordeep on January 9th 2017, 9:13 pm

Well certainly learned something. It is so similar to the competition labels I filled in the gaps. But an unrecorded label by a rare factory I would not have guessed. Think this is one for the reference books as I doubt we will see many more examples.
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Post by dantheman on January 9th 2017, 9:26 pm

An interesting find Most Excellent

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Re: Langley Mill Art Pottery Vase

Post by 22 Crawford St. on January 9th 2017, 10:38 pm

Interesting and lovely - Label looks like it was scrubbed of ...recently?...... Poorly Frustrated

...bet you hoped it was Martin Bro? ...Christmas come late!
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Post by NaomiM on January 9th 2017, 10:56 pm

It's owned by a dealer friend. I said I'd ID it for him.

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Post by NaomiM on January 9th 2017, 10:58 pm

If anyone wants copies of the label photos, etc, then be my guest :)

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Post by Mordeep on January 10th 2017, 4:16 am

22 Crawford St. wrote:Interesting and lovely - Label looks like it was scrubbed of ...recently?...... Poorly Frustrated

...bet you hoped it was Martin Bro? ...Christmas come late!

I think the value is closer to a Martin brothers version than most would suspect. I guess this is top of the tree for Langley collectors so would command a high price. If it was Martin the design would put it bottom end. But of course Martin brothers do have very high prices to start with:shock:
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Re: Langley Mill Art Pottery Vase

Post by denbydump on January 10th 2017, 11:07 am

There are collectors for this range, but the slightly later work, late 1880s to around 1900,
with the bright colours, hand painted scenes and gilding, by known decorators, are the
top pieces.

A vase by George Leighton-Parkinson.

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