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Post by skipposal May 13th 2013, 9:08 pm

Here's a triangular mouthed stoneware vase by the rather mysterious Eleanor Whittall (1900-c1970) who was making pots c1944-1963 in North London then later in Kensington. Paul Rice rates her work, the V&A have a piece by her and I understand she was known for (and published about) her ash glazes. This piece is a bit on the clumsy side but the glaze is wonderful. 22.7cm (height)

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It has her owl stamp (different to the one Studio-pots has posted elsewhere), plus a form or glaze number 171 and the wonderful words 'guaranteed leadless glaze'
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Post by studio-pots May 13th 2013, 9:26 pm

Your mark looks like to the one in BSPM.

I first bought a vase by her probably 20 years ago and then a friend, who largely collects Art, sold me a few more that he had bought from her "closing down sale" before she moved permanently into a Buddhist retreat somewhere in the country. She told him this at the time and that she had got interested in Buddhism some years before.

Pictures of her pots feature in the number of the Studio Yearbooks from the 1950s.

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Post by skipposal May 13th 2013, 9:30 pm

Fascinating - and no-one seems to know exactly when she died?
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Post by studio-pots March 21st 2015, 10:44 pm


It is why I originally said in answer to Skippy's original post, "your mark looks like the one in BSPM".

I suppose with hindsight I should have added................ which isn't right.


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Post by debbie32 June 23rd 2016, 7:05 pm

I've just picked this one up:
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an interesting lady :)
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Post by NaomiM June 23rd 2016, 7:55 pm

Can't help thinking it looks Continental. Maybe a version of this mark?

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Post by denbydump June 23rd 2016, 10:20 pm

Both the green pots look to be factory made. Very like that Belgian art pottery.
Continental style numbers, and "leadless glaze" surely wouldn't be added by a
studio potter?
Eg. Langley Mill pottery used those exact words in the early 20th century.

It may have been a legal requirement for them to be marked like that for expoting to the UK at the time.
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Post by NaomiM June 23rd 2016, 11:04 pm

Looks early 20thC. Bretby used a Leadless Glaze stamp too, so maybe an offshoot of their company

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Post by denbydump June 23rd 2016, 11:27 pm

Lots of companies did, Doulton also, but look at the continental "7" on the
first pot.
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