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Post by Johners2000 on June 7th 2017, 8:15 am

I sent the images of this piece to Julian Stair as he is a historian of English ceramics and he said his first thought when he saw it was Geoffrey Swindell, who we know it is not.

I also sent the images to Lynn Bennett who runs frejaswayceramics.com and she said it looks scandinavian but didn't recognise the mark.
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Post by NaomiM on June 7th 2017, 10:54 am

I'll ask on a European group. I think it has to be Scandinavian or Swiss

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Post by Johners2000 on June 21st 2017, 5:27 pm

I just took this vase to a recording of the Antiques Roadshow and spoke to Henry Sandon about it - he didn't know who it was by but said it was a 'very talented and professional potter'. He thought possibly English.
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Post by NaomiM on June 21st 2017, 6:06 pm

A few more have turned up but no ID so far.

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Post by NaomiM on June 21st 2017, 6:06 pm

Good old Henry. Not a clue about studio pottery, though Laughter

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Post by Johners2000 on June 22nd 2017, 8:14 am

That's interesting - if there are a few others out there then the potter must have been commercial. Is there a link to the others - I would be interesting in seeing them.
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Post by NaomiM on June 22nd 2017, 10:25 am



I put this one on Pinterest. I thought I had another example from another European ebay seller but can't find it

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Post by dantheman on June 22nd 2017, 10:31 am

hard to see why we haven't come across this talented potter before?
He/She can't be British Nuh-huh

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Post by NaomiM on June 22nd 2017, 10:56 am

I very much doubt it's British. The combination of form and glaze is saying Northern European to me but the European collectors haven't recognised it

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Post by dantheman on June 22nd 2017, 11:39 am

I just asked on a Danish forum that I haven't been on for 7 years, it has now been active for 17 years Clap

http://precisensan.com/antikforum/showthread.php?28921-Tre-UFOs&p=266513#post266513

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Post by Johners2000 on August 10th 2017, 12:07 am

Graham James is a name that has been suggested. Here's another piece by the same potter. Also a link to an auction house that sold a couple of pieces by him - lots 89 and 90. From Cornwall I believe. His work is definitely varied.

http://www.chorleys.com/catalogues/ourcatalogues.aspx?Catalogue=93&Section=2058&pg=lotlist&pageOn=2


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Post by dantheman on August 10th 2017, 12:48 am

well those two in the auction results are stoneware so could the other two be the same material?

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Post by NaomiM on August 10th 2017, 1:40 am

A lot more are coming out of the woodwork and Graham James looks like the maker. Someone has emailed the auction house to ask for details of their attribution, so I'll just wait to see their response before changing the title.

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Post by Johners2000 on August 10th 2017, 10:20 am

How can this chap produce work like this and not have any Google presence? Even the auction house listing doesn't appear when you Google him. Very odd.
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Post by NaomiM on August 10th 2017, 10:42 am

Im assuming he was potting back in the 70s 80s, pre-google

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Post by Essenjay on August 10th 2017, 10:49 am

What about Graeme James, born 1942 - a couple of vases sold at Mallam's and Barneby's.
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Post by Johners2000 on August 10th 2017, 11:30 am

Auction house result.

I would say it is by him, though I believe the actual spelling of his name is Graeme James. The mark does correspond.
Little is known about him, other than a local collector said she used to buy from his studio in Chipping Campden but he now lives back in Australia where he was born in 1942.
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Post by dantheman on August 10th 2017, 12:55 pm

I have found a few more old auction pics of the Australian's pottery and it doesn't look similar to our mystery potter's finer work

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Post by Johners2000 on August 11th 2017, 10:18 am

A second auction house, Mallams, have confirmed that these pieces are by Graeme James - however they are not his most commercial pieces.
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