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Post by Fenroger on February 7th 2012, 11:17 pm

Davee - I would bet that this is real Waistel Cooper. I have a lamp base purchased at Porlock in about 1960 by my Mum & Dad. W described it as having been made in one of his "madder moments". There were lots of tall pots around with big saucer tops, my Mum was not impressed! But in a corner was this single lamp base slightly taller than yours looks, and with a female figure carrying a bowl of fruit on her head, on the front. On the back is a crescent moon motif and beneath it the Waistel signature - rather small, under glaze. Moon has two wavy lines just like the three in your middle photo. Similar lines make up skirt on figure - and in same colour combination as at centre of your large fish. We bought it, I think in an attempt to exit gracefully. Glaze slightly creamier than your example, but now crazed. Treasured momento of childhood holidays!
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Post by Davee on February 8th 2012, 7:21 am

Thanks for that, I never doubted that it was a genuine piece. I have now sold it to a Waistel Cooper collector who was extremely pleased with the lamp.

Would it be possible to see a picture of your lamp?

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Post by studio-pots on February 8th 2012, 7:22 pm

It would be extremely good to see an image of Roger's lamp base, as there is nothing else in any of the literature, photograghic records that I know of or in Waistel's archive that he showed me when I visited him in the mid 1990s that is remotely like the lamp base that Davee has just sold.

Potters did and still do make things that are totally different from that which they are known for, as the Leach-like Alan Wallwork vase that I posted on another thread some while ago demonstrates. Therefore an image of Roger's lamp base, which has a provenance, would be a useful reference for future unusual work by Waistel that might appear.

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Post by Fenroger on February 8th 2012, 8:53 pm

Here are some images - lamp base is 17cm tall and 13cm diameter.



I'm trying to remember which year we bought it. Must have been 1960 or earlier, and from a big house at the east end of Porlock. Earliest it could have been was 1956.
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Post by dantheman on February 8th 2012, 9:06 pm

Wow! that's unusual

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Post by studio-pots on February 8th 2012, 9:49 pm

That's brilliant Roger. I think that the big house you mention would have been his parents house where he lived and worked until he married. His first wife lived in Culbone Lodge, Culbone being a small hamlet 3 miles from Porlock, and he moved in and set up his studio there in 1957. It is possible that he might have continued to sell from his parents. I think I might be able to find an image of Culbone Lodge and post it to see if it rings any bells.

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Post by studio-pots on February 8th 2012, 9:55 pm

An image of Culbone Lodge where he lived and worked from 1957 to 1982



Note the large pots in the garden.

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Post by Fenroger on February 8th 2012, 10:22 pm

Yes, I remember Culbone Lodge too. We visited but didn't buy anything - it would be a long way back to carry a large pot and we had no car. Only other inhabitant of the village was a Mrs Cook who served up very strong tea tasting of antiseptic. Poor lady mourned for her son, killed in the war. We seemed to spend every summer holiday in Minehead/Porlock when I was young so it's difficult to remeber which year was which, up until 1961 when my father died. That year we bought a tea set from a shop in Porlock, so clearly didn't buy the lamp that year!
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Post by skipposal on March 6th 2013, 8:30 pm

Here's my Waistel Cooper - found on the bay last year, small chip to rim, hence I could afford it. 11.3cm (height)



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Jug

Post by NaomiM on April 7th 2013, 4:19 pm

Any ideas?








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Post by skipposal on April 7th 2013, 5:49 pm

And it has that nice dry, wiped surface I've seen on his work
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Post by studio-pots on April 7th 2013, 6:26 pm

See you don't even need me.

He tended to put just a stylised W on smaller items where his full Christian name wouldn't fit but your jug seems larger than most things I have seen marked in that way. I suppose in this case it was best not to try a full signature in case it ended up as Waist.

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Post by NaomiM on April 7th 2013, 7:46 pm

skipposal wrote:And it has that nice dry, wiped surface I've seen on his work

Yes, that's what attracted me to it initally.

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Re: Waistel Cooper

Post by NaomiM on April 7th 2013, 7:48 pm

studio-pots wrote:

I suppose in this case it was best not to try a full signature in case it ended up as Waist.


Big Laughter

It's 6" high, so possibly enough room, but maybe he was having an off day and couldn't be bothered.





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Re: Waistel Cooper

Post by big ed on July 6th 2013, 3:28 pm



Lambase 9" High

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Re: Waistel Cooper

Post by denbydump on June 7th 2014, 5:50 pm

My big Waistel 13 in high, and heavy!!!!



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Post by big ed on June 7th 2014, 8:47 pm

Excellent pot  Excellent Is the base Completely flat ?

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Post by denbydump on June 7th 2014, 10:38 pm

Yes pretty well. no foot-rim if that's what you mean.
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Re: Waistel Cooper

Post by big ed on August 25th 2014, 3:20 pm



over 8" high lampbase with unusual curvature below the neck of the pot

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