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Post by Johners2000 June 7th 2017, 8:15 am

I sent the images of this piece to Julian Stair as he is a historian of English ceramics and he said his first thought when he saw it was Geoffrey Swindell, who we know it is not.

I also sent the images to Lynn Bennett who runs frejaswayceramics.com and she said it looks scandinavian but didn't recognise the mark.
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Post by NaomiM June 7th 2017, 10:54 am

I'll ask on a European group. I think it has to be Scandinavian or Swiss

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Post by Johners2000 June 21st 2017, 5:27 pm

I just took this vase to a recording of the Antiques Roadshow and spoke to Henry Sandon about it - he didn't know who it was by but said it was a 'very talented and professional potter'. He thought possibly English.
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Post by NaomiM June 21st 2017, 6:06 pm

A few more have turned up but no ID so far.

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Post by NaomiM June 21st 2017, 6:06 pm

Good old Henry. Not a clue about studio pottery, though Laughter

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Post by Johners2000 June 22nd 2017, 8:14 am

That's interesting - if there are a few others out there then the potter must have been commercial. Is there a link to the others - I would be interesting in seeing them.
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Post by NaomiM June 22nd 2017, 10:25 am

NaomiM wrote:Cheers!

http://pin.it/yAkI_XU

http://pin.it/e1MQKI2


I put this one on Pinterest. I thought I had another example from another European ebay seller but can't find it

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Post by dantheman June 22nd 2017, 10:31 am

hard to see why we haven't come across this talented potter before?
He/She can't be British Nuh-huh

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Post by NaomiM June 22nd 2017, 10:56 am

I very much doubt it's British. The combination of form and glaze is saying Northern European to me but the European collectors haven't recognised it

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Post by dantheman June 22nd 2017, 11:39 am

I just asked on a Danish forum that I haven't been on for 7 years, it has now been active for 17 years Clap

http://precisensan.com/antikforum/showthread.php?28921-Tre-UFOs&p=266513#post266513

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Post by Johners2000 August 10th 2017, 12:07 am

Graham James is a name that has been suggested. Here's another piece by the same potter. Also a link to an auction house that sold a couple of pieces by him - lots 89 and 90. From Cornwall I believe. His work is definitely varied.

http://www.chorleys.com/catalogues/ourcatalogues.aspx?Catalogue=93&Section=2058&pg=lotlist&pageOn=2

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Post by dantheman August 10th 2017, 12:48 am

well those two in the auction results are stoneware so could the other two be the same material?

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Post by NaomiM August 10th 2017, 1:40 am

A lot more are coming out of the woodwork and Graham James looks like the maker. Someone has emailed the auction house to ask for details of their attribution, so I'll just wait to see their response before changing the title.

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Post by Johners2000 August 10th 2017, 10:20 am

How can this chap produce work like this and not have any Google presence? Even the auction house listing doesn't appear when you Google him. Very odd.
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Post by NaomiM August 10th 2017, 10:42 am

Im assuming he was potting back in the 70s 80s, pre-google

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Post by Essenjay August 10th 2017, 10:49 am

What about Graeme James, born 1942 - a couple of vases sold at Mallam's and Barneby's.
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Post by Johners2000 August 10th 2017, 11:30 am

Auction house result.

I would say it is by him, though I believe the actual spelling of his name is Graeme James. The mark does correspond.
Little is known about him, other than a local collector said she used to buy from his studio in Chipping Campden but he now lives back in Australia where he was born in 1942.
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Post by dantheman August 10th 2017, 12:55 pm

I have found a few more old auction pics of the Australian's pottery and it doesn't look similar to our mystery potter's finer work

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Post by Johners2000 August 11th 2017, 10:18 am

A second auction house, Mallams, have confirmed that these pieces are by Graeme James - however they are not his most commercial pieces.
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Post by ThePotter February 5th 2021, 2:26 pm

The queries in 2017 about the pottery stamp GJ have just come to my attention. It is indeed the stamp of Graeme James used on porcelain made at the Chipping Campden workshop. The pottery was established in 1979 and closed in 2005 due to a triple coronary bypass that made continuing pottery impossible. Reduction fired stoneware was also made but virtually never stamped, just signed James.
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Post by NaomiM February 5th 2021, 2:29 pm

That's great info. Many thanks Most Excellent

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