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Post by big ed on Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:02 am

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Watcombe Torquay 1871-1875 forthis piece iridescent green glaze , moulded frog pulling a shell on a lily pad , impressed mark
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Post by big ed on Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:02 am

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Post by NaomiM on Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:26 pm

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Post by studio-pots on Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:24 am

The two items shown here were in many respects produced by two different companies.

The frog and shell model was produced by the Watcombe Terra-Cotta Co. Ltd that was in existence from 1869 until 1901. The company by the turn of the century was in difficulty financially as well as artistically and was purchased by Hexter, Humpherson & Co Ltd in 1901 and then amalgamated with the Aller Vale Pottery Co. in 1903 to form the company Royal Aller Vale and Watcombe Pottery Co. This company continued until the end of September 1962 and the mug/tankard above would have been made in the last few years of that company's existence.

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Post by NaomiM on Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:54 am

I would have thought the mug was 1920s-30s, copying Honiton and early Poole designs. The handle, especially, is a throw back to Victorian designs

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Post by studio-pots on Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:46 am

Now I've looked more closely at the decoration you're probably right.

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Post by Mordeep on Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:56 am

Early Watcombe is very good with some great individual works of art. The post 1901 stuff is much more mass produced and is as has been said a very different company.
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Post by NaomiM on Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:20 pm

Apparently Charles Collard of Honiton was in charge of decorating at Watcombe early in the 1900s, hence the overlap in styles

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Post by studio-pots on Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:04 am

Collard was only there for just under a year.

He actually started his apprenticeship at Aller Vale Art Pottery in the late 1880s and continued to work there when it was taken over by Hexter, Humpherson & Co. in 1897. There he continued until the amalgamation of Aller Vale and Watcombe in 1901 when he was asked to move to Watcombe. Clearly he didn't like it there because by 1902 he was at Hart & Moist and again in less than a year he had moved to Longpark.

It wasn't until 1919 that Collard established the Honiton Pottery, so I imagine the similarity is due to his training at Aller Vale.

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Post by denbydump on Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:21 pm

Watcombe terracotta. This was the earliest, C1870s, many shapes and decorations
are attributed to Christopher Dresser. Mostly unmarked, the distinctive turquoise
enamel highlights are the giveaway.

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Post by denbydump on Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:54 am

A nicely decorated pot, Impressed "WATCOMBE TORQUAY" and "MADE IN ENGLAND" in
a rectangle, probably 1901-1920.

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Post by NaomiM on Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:09 pm

Pair of bud vases by Watcombe, Torquay

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Post by denbydump on Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:55 am

Most unusual "barbotine" type ware. This mark was used 1884-c1890.
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Post by NaomiM on Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:54 am

That early? Cheers, I thought they would be 1910-20s Most Excellent

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Post by NaomiM on Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:30 am

Cold painted terracotta wall plaque

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Post by dantheman on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:46 am

can you explain cold painted please? I have only heard that term associated with bronzes

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Post by NaomiM on Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:12 am

It’s the same thing. Painted with oil based paints or similar, and dried, rather than with enamels or coloured washes that are then fired. Dicker experimented with cold painted wares using the equivalent of car paints.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:34 am

Not much good for pottery as it's not waterproof. Earthenware body is porus and the paint is not very durable. So only decorative things then.


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Post by NaomiM on Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:39 am

The blank wall plaques were often sold to hobby painters, who wouldn’t have had access to a kiln.

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Post by denbydump on Mon May 14, 2018 4:33 am

An unusual coloured slipware vase. (1884-1901).

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Post by Mordeep on Thu May 17, 2018 2:36 pm

Attached are some pictures of a Watcombe Jug designed by Christopher Dresser. A lot of stray Watcombe gets Dressers name attached but its only these deep glazed designs that actually appear to be of him. They have a strange Oriental/Egyptian hybrid design, I have never seen one marked with anything but numbers in black. So far I have seen about five different versions from vases, to jugs and a teapot. All have the same black green brown colourway, the teapot has cranes flying and I have seen a jug with what looks like a ghostly person carrying a white baby in a papoose. They are all terribly rare and come from the very earliest period at Watcombe (I believe around 1880-90).

I have also what I believe to be a later version with less distinct moulding and not so good glaze but unsure if it is a competitor copy, a revival from a later worn out mould or something else entirely. I am not sure but when you sit them side by side you can see one is a very poor version of the other.                  

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Post by NaomiM on Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:34 pm

Watcombe terracotta wall plate with irises

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Post by squirrelboy70 on Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:40 pm

I have this terracotta vase that is hand signed on the bottom Watcombe Torquay England. I want to find out if this vase is genuine. I have searched and only found Watcombe pieces either with an ink stamped or impressed mark.  Is this real or fake? Thanks!
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Post by NaomiM on Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:46 pm

Definitely genuine. There are various Torquay ware collectors websites such as the torquaypottery.co.uk that you can check to see if they have this pattern number. If they don’t then they may appreciate copies of your photos to add to their database

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Post by squirrelboy70 on Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:50 pm

Thank you for verifying. Actually the website you suggested was one of the first places I searched for a hand signed piece but did find one. Guess they're going to have one now. Thanks again for your help!!!
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