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Post by Argoness January 4th 2019, 4:07 pm

This little stoneware box slab box has a salt glaze all over and what I think is a tenmoku glaze inside and also in the incised square decoration on the outer panels, it is signed S.B. in the same brown glaze on the base.
Can you please help identify who S.B. is?
Many thanks

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Post by dantheman January 4th 2019, 4:33 pm

it is stoneware but has no saltglaze

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Post by NaomiM January 4th 2019, 5:19 pm

Not a mark I’ve come across before. Most hand written marks are indicative of hobby potters. Most professional potters in the UK use a stamp in the Leach tradition

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Post by Argoness January 4th 2019, 6:26 pm

Thank you NaomiM, I really appreciate your opinion
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Post by Argoness January 6th 2019, 10:54 pm

After a little more digging around on the Internet I think this box is an early 1950's piece by Stuart Bass from Exmoor - I found a link on the Internet with the same S.B. Signed on the base of a cruet set. Happy dayz
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Post by NaomiM January 6th 2019, 11:35 pm

This one -

https://pin.it/xkcfuzsqqtvwuh

https://pin.it/l6b6gmt3na7yt2

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Post by Argoness January 6th 2019, 11:41 pm

Yes.. That's the one... I couldn't upload the link.. Thanks
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Post by Argoness February 8th 2019, 2:27 pm

Hi NaomiM,
I had a message from the daughter of Stuart Bass who confirmed that she has spoken to her dad and he did not make this box, even though it is the same S.B. on the links, I thought I should just update here to clarify any confusion.
You were right - its probably a hobby potter.
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Post by NaomiM February 8th 2019, 7:54 pm

Thanks for posting an update Most Excellent

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