Fulham pottery for Charleston, Quentin Bell

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Post by Marilyn1509 Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:52 pm

Help please - I have bought a pot and lid and can upload a photo if needed BUT it says By Fulham Pottery for Charleston underneath painted in blue on the dusky pink glaze. There's also an A.B. pressed into the base rim.... I have googled and failed and looke don ebay but no avail. Is there anyone out there who can help me identify the potter please?
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Post by big ed Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:18 pm

Hi Marilyn , yes a photo please of the pot and marks .
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Post by NaomiM Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:45 pm

Fulham Pottery has been going for a very long time - several hundred years - so photos of the pot and base mark are essential.

For comparison:
On Google there's a modern David Birch tankard; a 1930s Constance Spry vase; a 1940s? plant pot; a preserve pot simply stamped Fulham Pottery which is probably also by David Birch, and some 19th Century hunting jugs.
If you google "Two Fulham Pottery 'Charleston' plates by Quentin Bell" you'll see an early pair of plates - could your impressed 'AB' mark be 'QB'?

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Post by Marilyn1509 Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:20 pm

Sorry I should have posted these earlier.
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Post by Marilyn1509 Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:30 pm

Am not very good at this so 2nd time trying to upload!
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Post by NaomiM Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:43 pm

Interesting. First impressions is that the inscription on the base looks to be in a modern hand, using a felt tip pen. If so, it implies this is a copy of an early design (maybe one of Quentin Bell's) for Charleston House.

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Post by NaomiM Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:53 pm

May not be relevant, but here's a biography of Quentin Bell and examples of his work

http://www.charleston.org.uk/history-and-collection/research/quentin-bells-pottery/

I think your best bet is to contact the Charleston Trust (I expect they've got an Archivist) and ask them if they know anything about this lidded pot. If the inscription on the base is real, they've probably got a record of it and the potter in their archives.

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Post by Marilyn1509 Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:56 pm

Interesting - all I can say is that the writing is definitely under the glaze. There is also a clear A.B. imprinted in the pottery on the rim. This can be seen I think too in the photo, and not a Q sadly! Don't know if there are other Bells who may have done some later pots. Funnily enough I have emailed Charleston to see if they can throw any light on this as well, and will post anything if I hear back.
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Post by NaomiM Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:59 pm

The A.B. may be the pottery mark. The surface decoration is in the naive style that Bell used, but the pot itself looks too well made to be by him. Maybe he was allowed to decorate a few Fulham Pottery pots for Charleston? If so it would be his writing on the base - again, the Charleston Trust will be able to tell if it is in his hand. As it's under the glaze the writing might be in cobalt blue. Although one would expect him to sign or initial it too, if it was by him.
Alternatively, it might be a potter friend of his, with the initials A.B., donating some of their pots to be sold in aid of the Trust.

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Post by NaomiM Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:54 pm

Came across one described as "designed by Quentin Bell c.1987" and "made by the Fulham Pottery for the Friends of Charleston." so this may very well be another one in that series.

Edited to add: Discovered that several potters have been commissioned by the Charlton Trust set up by Vicky Walton who has been potting since the 80s and making pots for sale at Charleston House. Some fired by Fulham Pottery


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Post by philpot Wed Oct 27, 2021 10:16 am

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This one from the photo archives of zonks ago. Quentin Bell did a wide range.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. Wed Oct 27, 2021 11:22 am

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Post by philpot Wed Oct 27, 2021 11:45 am

Quentin Bell is quite interesting in decorative styles and The Charleston connection. The purists would object to the fact that he did not do his own throwing. I have not collected his work, but like to look at it out of curiosity. Pricey as well.
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Post by croker Wed Oct 27, 2021 2:33 pm

Hi Philpot, Yes Quentin Bell was an interesting character remembered i think mainly for his biography of Virginia Woolf but  like  a number of other artists his  attempts at painting on ceramics were  not always successful (in fact some were bloody awful). His  other art is better  and some of his pieces  such as the 'levitating lady' are excellent. The Bloomsbury group connection will ensure him of continued collectability although mainly to art collectors i think.
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