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Robert Melville, Keswick

Post by hercules brabazon on April 7th 2017, 4:17 pm

Nice neat piece of tinglaze with Aldermastonish decoration. Can't find anything about it beyond what's in the pleasantly unambiguous mark, and an example of the same pattern on Ebay.

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Re: Robert Melville, Keswick

Post by BrandX on April 8th 2017, 1:03 am

I have a previously unidentified version, with markings indicating a Devon connection:




Working with the "Melville Prawle" and "Devon England" markings I was not able to find anything. Now with the Robert Melville connection it is apparent that Prawle is a place in Devon where he and Rosemary Mellville had a studio (at least in the 70s). If you Google "Prawle" you'll see there are a number of Prawle Pottery items on Ebay etc. There was also an unidentified plate on here that appears to be by Robert Melville given the advised marking:

http://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t11561-prawle-pottery?highlight=prawle

Haven't been able to find any other info about the Melvilles or the Prawle Pottery, though there is a photo of it on the East Prowle Historical Society website (its at the bottom of the page):

http://www.eastprawlehistorysociety.co.uk/Buildings/buildings-thumbnails.html
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Re: Robert Melville, Keswick

Post by hercules brabazon on April 8th 2017, 10:03 am

Interesting. I wonder if he was at Keswick before or after Prawle.
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Re: Robert Melville, Keswick

Post by Malcolm-C on May 19th 2017, 9:49 pm

First post today, greetings everyone. I'm almost sure this is Robert Melville the art teacher at the secondary modern school in Fleet in Hampshire. He left in 1970 for a life in pottery somewhere in Devon. I was curious about him and his work so thanks for the heads-up. He was/is quite an active talent in all aspects of art including oil painting, as a artist of many skills he was the real deal. He also played clarinet in a trad jazz band. Your pottery photographs look a familiar styling to work I remember in his art class so hopefully he is the same guy.
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Re: Robert Melville, Keswick

Post by NaomiM on May 19th 2017, 10:01 pm

Nice to hear first hand accounts about the potters behind the pots Most Excellent

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