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Post by heygarth54 August 10th 2010, 3:43 pm

Dennis Townsend, Iden Pottery Rye Sussex Rye_ju10  I purchased this small jug today, it is 3in tall, I wondered if it was possible to date Rye Pottery from the type of trademark ?


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Post by big ed August 10th 2010, 7:08 pm

I have a similar mark in my book ,but just says IDEN at the top and Sussex athe bottom , then Iden Pottery, 1961- Townsend, D & Wood, J.H. studio potters( moved from iden to rye in 1963)
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Post by heygarth54 August 10th 2010, 9:04 pm

Thanks very much Ed, so I would assume that my jug would date anytime after 1963.
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Post by Oldmagpie March 21st 2013, 8:45 pm

Iden Pottery

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Post 1978 mark


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Pre 1974 mark

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Post by NaomiM April 14th 2013, 8:25 pm

Two hand decorated pin dishes with Iden Rye stamp on the base.

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Post by NaomiM April 15th 2013, 1:26 am

Anyone know if these dishes were decorated (or designed) by Dennis Townsend?

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Post by NaomiM April 15th 2013, 7:58 am

Seems Dennis Townsend set up Iden Rye after being apprenticed at Rye Pottery with David Sharp.

http://www.studiopottery.com/cgi-bin/mp.cgi?item=134

For those of you old enough to remember the BBC TV 'Interlude' footage of a potter's wheel, Dennis's hands were the ones throwing the pot.

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Post by Eclectic-Dorset April 15th 2013, 8:34 am

Naomi he usualy marked his pieces but not always , i feel the Iden factory work is extremely undervalued as they done some quality work , over shadowed by the other Rye pottery a real shame i think.
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Post by NaomiM April 15th 2013, 10:35 am

Yes, definitely undervalued. I always assumed it was the commercial part of Rye Pottery with David Sharp doing the best pieces. How wrong I was!
One of the dishes has a red dot which seems to be Townsend's personal mark.

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The pot is about 5 inches high and is clearly marked as shown on base.
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Post by NaomiM April 24th 2013, 10:06 pm

Very pretty. Just getting to know Iden Rye after picking up a couple of pin dishes this month. I believe the mark above the backstamp indicates this is a piece decorated by Dennis Townsend himself.

There's more info here.

http://www.studiopottery.com/cgi-bin/mp.cgi?item=134

I'm afraid I can't give an exact date, but my feeling is it's from the 70s.

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Post by NaomiM April 24th 2013, 10:07 pm

I don't think there's a name for the design. Wouldn't surprise me if it's a one off piece.
Edited to add, I have a pin dish with this pattern


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Post by Dunc April 24th 2013, 10:12 pm

I have seen pictures of some on a black ground but never this colour way. Found it in a Salvation army shop in Switzerland.
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Post by NaomiM April 24th 2013, 10:19 pm

It really is lovely. Lucky you. Most Excellent

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Post by Eclectic-Dorset April 24th 2013, 10:29 pm

I have a similar piece , as far as i am aware no patern name .
Agree with Naomi early 70's nice piece .

I love the Salvation Army shop near me get some incredibly cheap items.
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Post by studio-pots April 24th 2013, 10:49 pm

Hi Dunc,

It is the regular backstamp that was used by the Iden Pottery from 1965 until the late 1970s. The Iden Pottery was started by Dennis Townsend in his home in the village of Iden when he left the Rye Pottery in 1959. This mark was used when they moved to larger premises in Rye and does contain a DT at the centre but that does not mean that it was decorated by Dennis Townsend, as that is on the bottom of every piece.

Occasionally, decorators did initial pieces they had done but these tended to be larger one-off items.

I am not aware of pattern names, as there has not been any detailed research, but the patterns tended to be more colourful, so taking longer to do, earlier rather than later.Therefore I think that your vase is more likely to be from the 1960s rather than 1970s.

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Post by Dunc April 24th 2013, 11:10 pm

Thanks again Studio-pots
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Post by NaomiM October 18th 2014, 2:52 pm

Iden Rye lamp base

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Post by hercules brabazon January 6th 2015, 12:44 am

Colourful small vase:
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Post by DAVID24/5 July 15th 2015, 4:53 pm

Couple of recently acquired 60s/70s Iden dishes.
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Post by denbydump August 14th 2015, 4:13 pm

They get more like Poole 49s each time!

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Post by sasajohoro September 25th 2015, 11:33 pm

NaomiM wrote:One of the dishes has a red dot which seems to be Townsend's personal mark.

Looks like these are Townsend ones, then:

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Post by brin mcardle July 6th 2016, 8:26 pm

Two Lovely little vases...i dont think they are Dennis Townsend ?? Any idea of age,patternDennis Townsend, Iden Pottery Rye Sussex Copied29
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Post by 20thcenturyfan October 10th 2016, 7:03 pm

I have also just bought an Iden dish, but mine was from the Hospice charity shop near my mum. I loved the depth of the green glaze but the base and marking looks so clean and fresh I'm struggling to work out how old it is. Would be grateful for any input.

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Post by NaomiM October 10th 2016, 8:21 pm

I've seen similar. Most are from the 1960s-70s

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