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Post by Oldmagpie on April 25th 2011, 11:11 am

William Fishley Holland







George Tonkin Holland - Dunster



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Studio Coronation Mug Fishley Holland?

Post by mal on December 7th 2011, 11:17 am

Is this signature Fishley Holland. It certainly looks like W ? Holland. Do you think it would have any value? It's a nice little find whatever. Happy
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Fishley Holland Pottery pot-pourri holder?

Post by scavo on April 16th 2012, 9:54 pm





This little pot looks similar to items on this page. Look at the 1st p/p pot here, the black coffee set here and the little jug here

It would be great if someone could confirm that this is Fishley Holland and give any info further to that on the site quoted above. Thanks.
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Post by studio-pots on April 16th 2012, 10:25 pm

It is a "Fishley Holland" from the 1950s/1960s and possibly by William Jr. or more likely his brother, George. I say that because it looks as if it had a sticky label on the bottom when originally purchased and that fits in more with George.

They usually had incised initial signatures.

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Post by Oldmagpie on April 17th 2012, 1:10 pm

Heres an example of the normal inscribed Fishley Holland mark on a bowl you can see the pattern is similar to yours.

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It could also of course be Dunster, set up by George in 1959 I think

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Post by Oldmagpie on April 17th 2012, 1:35 pm

found it Most Excellent

George Tonkin Holland

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Re: Fishley Holland & Dunster

Post by studio-pots on April 17th 2012, 8:22 pm

Oldmagpie wrote:Just found my pics of this little pot pourri in similar style but with signature I havent identified yet.

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also got pics of George Tonkin Hollands mark somewhere but cant find the pic for the minute :(

will add it if i find it :)

This is the type of signature seen on the smaller pieces and I suspect that it is William Jr. F-H. It isn't typical but doing them so many times you are bound to mess one or two up.

Another use for these small items is I think a posy holder for arranging small flowers like primroses.

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Re: Fishley Holland & Dunster

Post by NaomiM on August 4th 2012, 9:21 pm

Glazed pot by Dunster Pottery.
Not their usual style, but there is a jug on the Pottery Studio website - http://www.studiopottery.com/cgi-bin/pp.cgi?item=2996 - with the same inscribed mark.




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Potters at Dunster pottery

Post by vanmann on September 3rd 2012, 8:01 am

I picked up this small vase which I took to be from Dunster and the work of one of the various Fishley-Hollands. Mark on base however is GTH which I have been unable to ID. Any suggestions appreciated, John



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Post by Potty on September 3rd 2012, 8:15 am

I always thought this was for George Fishley Holland.

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Post by vanmann on September 3rd 2012, 8:43 am

That was my first thought but I was confused by the T and I thought he signed in full. If this was by him would this be Dunster or Clevedon?
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Post by Potty on September 3rd 2012, 7:51 pm

I think his middle name was "Tonkin" and pretty sure it's Dunster.

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Post by Potty on September 3rd 2012, 7:52 pm

I've read about the initials standing for "George Tonkin Holland" at least. Often marked "Dunster" too.

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Re: Fishley Holland & Dunster

Post by Oldmagpie on April 9th 2013, 8:11 pm

Fishley Holland




larger (5.5") pot pourri style vase maybe for flowers
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Post by skipposal on April 16th 2013, 7:03 pm

William Fishley Holland Jnr (1916-2001) I think?



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Re: Fishley Holland & Dunster

Post by NaomiM on June 19th 2013, 6:14 pm

Small agateware pin dish with green glaze.
Stamped DUNSTER and G on the base





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Re: Fishley Holland & Dunster

Post by studio-pots on October 2nd 2013, 3:25 pm

Some information that may clarify the relationship between the two potteries.

The Fishley Holland Pottery in Clevedon was started by William Fishley Holland senior, who had started potting with his grandfather, Edwin Beer Fishley, at the Fremington Pottery that was situated in North Devon.

He went to Clevedon in 1920 to help Sir Ambrose Elton continue the Sunflower Pottery that had gained a significant reputation under his father, Sir Edmund, but this quickly proved unviable. Therefore he bought a property in Court Lane in Clevedon in 1922 (some sources say 1921 but I think the former is more likely) where he lived and started up his pottery.

William had two daughters, Constance and Isabel, and two sons, George Tonkin and William Fishley junior (known as Bill). Upon leaving school George and Isabel chose to work at the pottery but Bill trained as an architect and Constance became a secretary. George would have been 14 when he started at the pottery and was able to throw very well from an early age.

During the Second World War the two brothers joined up, which left William senior and Isabel to run the pottery.

After leaving the Navy at the end of the war, George came back with fresh ideas and extra staff were taken on. After this period of modernisation George moved to Dunster in 1958 where he potted until 1965 and then moved to Minehead where most of his time was taken up with teaching at the Further Education Centre.

Although William senior was still potting when George left and continued to do so until his death in 1969, the Clevedon pottery was under the ownership of Bill (William junior), who doesn't appear to have potted himself. However, Constance's son, St. John Child, was at this time working with his grandfather and in 1967 Bill's son, Peter Fishley Holland, joined the pottery.

After William senior's death the pottery continued with hired staff until 1977 when it finally closed. The buildings were sold to Norman Darby, who made stoneware there for several years.

At least two other potteries were started by ex-Fishley Holland Clevedon staff, namely the Yeo Pottery (Bill Janes) and the Sheldon Pottery (John & David Bishop).

Finally, Peter Fishley Holland moved to Jedburgh on the Scottish Borders where he continued to pot for a time, although I can't say that I have come across any of his work.

Note: Much of this information comes directly from the family via a booklet written by Jane Lilly around 25 years ago.

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Post by NaomiM on October 2nd 2013, 4:37 pm

Ah, that explains why the Minehead Pottery is so similar to Yeo and FH slipware pottery.

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Post by studio-pots on October 2nd 2013, 5:25 pm

I had always wondered myself and recently got this information from a lady called Margaret in Devon (WFH's niece).

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Post by gareth-h on October 25th 2013, 10:26 pm

Isn't the slipware or agateware marked Dunster with a G (like Naomi's above) actually Protean pottery? Set up in Dunster by H J Gee in 1959 according to Goddens.
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Re: Fishley Holland & Dunster

Post by studio-pots on October 25th 2013, 11:48 pm

An interesting thought. I can't say I had heard of Mr. Gee's pottery until you mentioned it and the piece you cite doesn't look typical "Fishley Holland". However, in Godden it does give Gee's pottery mark as
                             PROTEAN DUNSTER
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So you could be right but I don't know.


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Post by NaomiM on October 26th 2013, 12:00 am

Interesting point. I I'd-ed it via the Dunster page on StudioPottery.com website where there is an example of agate ware, and an example of an impressed DUNSTER mark which was introduced by his children, one of whom is called George, so I thought the G might be for George.

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William Fishley Holland - Orange coffee pot

Post by NaomiM on May 24th 2014, 7:44 pm

Orange coffee pot with greeny-blue glaze inside. The shape looks continental.
Signed on base L. ???chard or L. ???chand. However, the inside of the lid appears to be initialled JR




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Re: Fishley Holland & Dunster

Post by studio-pots on May 25th 2014, 8:48 am

It's William Fishley Holland (full signature) - likely to be from the 1930s.

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Post by studio-pots on May 25th 2014, 8:53 am

The other initials could be his daughter, Isabel, who worked at the pottery but I can't be certain of that.

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