Art Pottery Double Gourd Vase

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Art Pottery Double Gourd Vase

Post by r-and-f on March 23rd 2017, 4:50 pm

This is not really my type of thing at all but it called to me across the charity shop (know the feeling?) so I had to buy it.  An elongated double gourd vase, 11.5 inches tall, with jun and copper red glazes.  Beautifully potted, apparently in a white earthenware.  Doesn't appear to be eastern because of the lack of footrim and the glazed base.  No markings.  Maybe British (Ruskin?) or American (Fulper?) or Belgian (Thulin?) - but you would expect all of these to have maker's marks.  Expert help, please.







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Post by Mordeep on March 23rd 2017, 5:13 pm

I have seen that base a lot over the last few years. The base its almost like a cut through of a tree trunk with is circular pattern. I used to believe these were Austrian but recently I have been finding the odd bit of information about Staffordshire potteries between 1900-1925 that would indicate some of the short lived companies produced versions of what was popular at the time but with no marks. Devonmoor could be a strong option too, they made some stunning glazes in the 20's with most of it unmarked and sadly unattributed these days. Not sure you will ever have a firm attribute but its from the period 1905-1928 (the great depression kind of ended many companies and styles) , almost certainly English and a nice thing.
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Post by denbydump on March 23rd 2017, 9:29 pm

Possibly Ault pottery. The turned flat base is characteristic, as is the red glaze.
They did do big pieces. I thought of Devonmoor also, but it usually has a foot-rim.
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Post by denbydump on March 23rd 2017, 9:45 pm

This shape was shown on a Linthorpe factory design sheet for 1880.

A Christopher Dresser selling exhibition catalogue shows a pair of these, 11.5 in high,
though unmarked, suggesting Ault pottery, as they purchased the moulds from Linthorpe when the pottery closed.

A nice thing, is it damaged, or just glaze cracks?

http://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t19680-ault-pottery-derbyshire
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Post by r-and-f on March 23rd 2017, 11:03 pm

Many thanks. That's very exciting! No wonder it stood out among the junk in the charity shop. Is the exhibition catalogue that you refer to available online?

As far as I can tell my vase is undamaged except for some quite prominent crackles in the glaze.

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Post by denbydump on March 23rd 2017, 11:31 pm

It was a long time ago, at a London gallery.
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