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Post by peterart on April 17th 2017, 8:28 pm

Hi
I have found 2 vase-have been told that they 19thC but I can not find any info about them.
Please help.
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Re: Torquay ware, Watcombe Terracotta Pottery

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Re: Torquay ware, Watcombe Terracotta Pottery

Post by NaomiM on April 17th 2017, 8:50 pm

I believe it's Torquay ware, Watcombe Terracotta Pottery. Late 19thC

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Re: Torquay ware, Watcombe Terracotta Pottery

Post by denbydump on April 17th 2017, 9:24 pm

agreed, they are really decanters.

http://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t15646-watcombe-pottery-torquay

These are seen in many decorations on this standard shape, however they should
have a stand/saucer and a stopper, which are almost always missing.
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Re: Torquay ware, Watcombe Terracotta Pottery

Post by Essenjay on April 18th 2017, 7:44 pm

Don't discount Prattware either - they made these terracotta water bottles with the winged lion decoration.

http://www.thecollectingbug.com/prattwarepottery/?11
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Re: Torquay ware, Watcombe Terracotta Pottery

Post by olipayton on April 19th 2017, 9:27 am

I would agree with the Pratt ware idea - there little condiment pots look to have some similarity
google - VICTORIAN-CONDIMENT-RELISH-POT-1856-HUNTING-SCENE-PATTERN-PRATT-WARE


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Re: Torquay ware, Watcombe Terracotta Pottery

Post by Essenjay on April 19th 2017, 6:44 pm

Sorry, the link above doesn't appear to be working. Hopefully this one should...

http://www.thecollectingbug.com/prattwarepottery~terracotta/explore?4
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Re: Torquay ware, Watcombe Terracotta Pottery

Post by denbydump on April 20th 2017, 1:10 am

Yes the little painted numbers on the base of one, would point to it not being
Watcombe, but they did use similar motifs, particularly the greek key scroll design.
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Re: Torquay ware, Watcombe Terracotta Pottery

Post by Mordeep on April 20th 2017, 8:02 am

The number of these around would indicate many makers. The fact so many don't have a tray or a stopper would also indicate that many never came with one while new. I have seen some with India as a country of origin painted on the base. So I know they were produced there. They differ wildly in quality from very basic transfer printed scrolls through to multi coloured enamelled birds (hand painted). The bottles themselves all seem to be about the same quality, so they could be mass produced and only decorated at different companies? I don't know, not sure anyone does.

I would guess that for a while these were in fashion, late 1870's through to about 1900 sounds about right date wise and everyone got into selling them including Watcombe. What tells them apart is how much effort went into the decoration and if it is hand applied.
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Re: Torquay ware, Watcombe Terracotta Pottery

Post by Johners2000 on April 20th 2017, 8:16 am

Spookily I saw one of these in an antiques centre on Sunday - it was simply labelled Late Victorian vase and priced at 30.
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Re: Torquay ware, Watcombe Terracotta Pottery

Post by hercules brabazon on April 20th 2017, 12:52 pm

The Bishops Waltham pottery seems to have been producing wares in a similar vein as early as 1866-7.
https://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/content/bishops-waltham-clay-company-1866-1867
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