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Unusual mug marked Oxford Gallery 2000

Post by Johners2000 on Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:50 am

Not sure what to make of this - I can't find a makers mark only the works in the decoration.






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Post by dantheman on Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:25 pm

that gold decoration is really something

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Post by NaomiM on Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:49 pm

When did the Oxford Ceramics Gallery open? Maybe they commissioned someone to make a set of mugs to mark the occasion. Worth contacting them to ask.
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Post by Johners2000 on Sat Jul 08, 2017 12:53 pm

Just sent them an email. Not sure I'd like to drink my Darjeeling out of it!
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Re: Unusual mug marked Oxford Gallery 2000

Post by philpot on Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:48 pm

The present Oxford Ceramics gallery was not around in 2000. But there was an earlier incarnation of a prestigious Oxford studio pottery gallery which ran through the 90's and up to somewhere around 2005 or so, when it closed on the death of the owner. That owner's collection is now in the Ashmolean Museum
So this is a millennial mug from that gallery, which was very important studio gallery in its day.
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Post by Johners2000 on Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:33 am

That's very interesting - I wonder who made it for the Gallery.
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Post by Johners2000 on Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:06 pm

I'm thinking this might be be by Philomena Pretsell?
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Post by NaomiM on Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:56 pm

I would have thought someone more local. And a hand builder

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Post by Johners2000 on Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:26 pm

This looks very similar in style… it's the gold and the use of photographs. The mug I have has a photograph of a woman inside - you can just see it on the last photo I posted.

http://www.studiopottery.co.uk/images/Philomena/Pretsell/8632
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Post by Johners2000 on Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:31 pm

I emailed Philomena Pretsell and she has confirmed it is by her. She was commissioned in 2000 to make between 10-20 of these for a Gallery in Oxford. I have asked her which gallery and who the owner was.
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