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Post by philpot Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:36 pm

Almost forgotten now,but Denise Wren surely must have a strong claim to be one of the earliest of 20th century Studio Potters. She set up a Pottery in Oxshott(now a VERY wealthy commuter village trendy with footballer mansions) in the early 20's,potting there-later with her daughter Rosemary- until 1978. Gave summer pottery classes 1922-50,wrote a pottery book. Has been more famous in the past and she is well represnted in the V&A collection. There was also a large memorial exhition at the Craft Centre in Bath(now at Farnham). She deserves to be better known.
         Mainly chunky earthenware in the early years,developing salt glazing in the 60's with her daughter Rosemary. This one reminds me of Reginald Wells.



         

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Post by skipposal Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:21 pm

Love it. Oxshott stuff often looks so rough and ready I bet they had fun making it. As you say, this is quite sophisticated in comparison, very Reginald Wells.
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Post by dantheman Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:30 am

did she mark her work?

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Post by studio-pots Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:09 am

She did indeed but not clearly enough to photograph on the bowl that I have. Impressed small bird (wren perhaps? Happy) plus Oxshott incised.

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Post by NaomiM Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:31 am

There's an example on Studio Pottery website

http://www.studiopottery.com/cgi-bin/pp.cgi?item=5335

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Post by studio-pots Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:35 am

That's it but mine has been partly salt glazed over!

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Post by philpot Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:58 pm

Denise Wren's mark has varied over the years.She did pot for nearly 70 years tho! It generally always consists of OXSHOTT with a variation of her name or initials. Most combinations are illustrated in Yates-Owen.
OXSHOTT with a picture of a Wren,is her daughter's Rosemary Wren's mark.
This mark is taken from a Salt glazed 50's/60's piece.


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Post by philpot Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:00 am

For an interesting selection of Densie and Rosemary Wren's work,follow this link to Mallam's of Oxford sale earlier this year. Nos 133 and 141 to 152. They elephant figure of Denise Wren's is exceptionally rare. The sale also contained the Kenneth Clarke Estate sale.
http://www.catalogue-host.co.uk/mallams/oxford/2013-05-22/category_2_page_1
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Post by big ed Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:25 am

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Had a bit of luck finding these in an antique shop in Falmouth , Two large pieces are Denise the smaller middle piece is by Rosemary , the one on the left probably dates from around 1920's + while the one on the right about 1955 ish .


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Post by big ed Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:28 am

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Incised fish design .
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Post by big ed Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:30 am

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This piece is by Rosemary Wren her Daughter
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Post by big ed Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:31 am

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Wren Impressed bird mark for Rosemary
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Post by studio-pots Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:57 pm

big ed wrote:

Had a bit of luck finding these in an antique shop in Falmouth , Two large pieces are Denise the smaller middle piece is by Rosemary , the one on the left probably dates around 1913 while the one on the right about 1955 ish .
Not sure of the dates of the two Denise pieces but the one on the left is definitely not from 1913 - she was still a Tuckfield then and her and Mr. Wren didn't move to Oxshott until 1920.

In the past I have had and seen a number of Denise Wren vases in urananium orange, turquoise, yellow and the like that I imagine were from the late 1020s/early 1930s when these colours were popular in factory wares. Your vase could be before then. i.e. early 1920s, but also later.

I just checked Oliver Watson's book to see if that was helpful and now see where you might have got the 1913 date from. The vase in the V&A collection with the date c1913 is not from that date - the information is incorrect.

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Post by studio-pots Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:36 pm

Seems the V&A can fall for believing what a seller tells them despite having the information available that proves that it's b*llsh*t.

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Rosemary Wren flared vase

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Post by NaomiM Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:40 am

Spotted some pieces by Denise Wren at a local auction


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Post by philpot Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:22 am

A rather cute Rosemary Wren Fox from York City Art GalleryRosemary and Denise Wren, Oxshott Img_7610
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Post by philpot Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:30 am

A link via museumcrush to an article On Oxshott pottery and Denise Wren from the staff at Kingston Museum. Very informative piece with invaluable information and photos.
https://museumcrush.org/inside-the-archive-of-pioneering-studio-potter-and-designer-denise-wren/
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Post by philpot Fri May 14, 2021 11:27 pm

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Denise Wren salt glaze period was late 1950's through the 1960's. A vase from that period.

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Post by philpot Sun Jun 06, 2021 4:10 am

A historically interesting mug in that it is made and signed by Henry Wren. Denise's husband and Rosemary's father. I don't think I have ever come across another.

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Post by Potteryman Mon May 22, 2023 11:44 pm

DKW mark and Oxshott….love all the incised work….Rosemary and Denise Wren, Oxshott 678e9010
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Post by 22 Crawford St. Tue May 23, 2023 1:30 am

Yeah nice and gritty - I like Oxshott, have to post my two bits now.
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Post by philpot Fri Jun 30, 2023 7:09 pm

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A rare Denise Wren Elephant from the Bill Ismay collection at COCA. June 2023. She made these towards the end of her career (she died in 1979) and were highly prized by Collectors at the time, as she did not make many of them. These are about the only figurative work, They are an interesting contrast to her daughter Rosemary's figurative pieces which were the major part of Rosemary's career.
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