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Post by Pip on February 8th 2008, 11:34 am

The Briglin Pottery in London was established in 1948 by Brigitte Appleby (nee Goldschmidt) and Eileen Lewenstein.




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Re: Briglin Pottery (London)

Post by Pip on March 24th 2009, 4:26 pm

A Briglin rabbit moneybox, circa 1960/70s


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Post by Pip on March 25th 2009, 6:14 pm

Briglin Robin moneybox




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Re: Briglin Pottery (London)

Post by dantheman on April 23rd 2009, 8:18 pm

I know nothing about Briglin but I loved the look of these two goblets so I had to buy them

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Re: Briglin Pottery (London)

Post by Pip on May 4th 2009, 1:54 pm

This is a fabulous little bowl - a really nice early example on the white clay - dating from the early 1950s (there's a photograph in the Briglin book of their London showroom in 1953 and on one of the shelves are several small bowls with the same glaze colours and incised style of decoration).





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Re: Briglin Pottery (London)

Post by hercules brabazon on September 9th 2009, 2:51 pm

19cm vase with apple core design.
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Post by hercules brabazon on September 9th 2009, 2:55 pm

Pleasingly chunky furrowed pot , 11cm high.
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Post by Pip on September 14th 2009, 10:32 pm

An onion shaped vase.


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Re: Briglin Pottery (London)

Post by Pip on September 16th 2009, 3:34 pm

I think this is a bud vase however it could be a candleholder...


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Re: Briglin Pottery (London)

Post by 22 Crawford St. on December 19th 2009, 11:00 pm

Hi Pip, Hi Everyone.alex(at)briglin.com here. Thanks Pip for pointing me here - funny that I've not found this corner of the internet before as I search all the time.

I set up Briglin.com this year to promote Briglin Pottery. Briglin is great to collect. It's not an 'Art' pottery but more 'table' pottery. It comes is all shapes and sizes (but not colours!.. haha, BROWN & WHITE mostly!) from large vases to tiny animals. Brigette did not miss a trick here and sold very small items so people could always leave the shop with a purchase. I really wanted to say that I'm here to help. I don't make money from my site, I do it because I care. If any collector needs help then ask, I'll be happy to help out.

I am also on the scrounge..... I'm really looking for information about Briglin Pottery, who when where! If you have a collection you want linking etc then contact me.

From the above pictures I like them all, but hercules brabazon's little pot is strong. I like it a lot. Briglin varies, there were many potters who passed through, some started young and had to be 'trained up'. So pieces are not consistent. Some shapes are strong and clean, some are overworked and rubbish. You need to pick the good from the bad...and from the fake :(

Please be careful when buying off eBay, I am SURE that much is fake, especially the animals. I can't be certain, but I'm pretty sure. I can't tell you how here. Really there is two groups of fakers; the armature and the pro, people make pieces and put them on eBay, they have little modeling skills and are copying pieces off the internet and you can see this in the finished result. Normally they are misshapen, skew eyed freaks!...lol The is a faker out there faking rare pieces, he recently put x3 of the tall black/white flower vases on eBay.... all three sold. It's sad. You might ask how I know? Well I've been collecting for years, and I keep a record of all Briglin sold on eBay. Suddenly pieces start appearing, all slightly 'wrong' - I can tell the difference as I have a lot to compare with, but I feel sorry for other who do not. Please be careful with anything on eBay...

On a brighter note, there is still a lot of Briglin out there! Go and find it, the hunt is most of the fun! I still love the rush you get when you look down and...there on the table before you is... is .. ... is it? It must be.

BR

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Re: Briglin Pottery (London)

Post by Pip on December 20th 2009, 6:19 pm

Alex - we know exactly where you're coming from. We're all equally concerned about getting cast-iron attributions - especially with many of us being website owners, we're more than anxious not to perpetuate the eBay myths - i.e. that all colourful cased glass is Holmegaard, that every glass vase with a polished pontil is Whitefriars - those old chestnuts! Both mine and Nic's websites are regularly 'ransacked' by eBayers using them for information to help sell their own pieces (often wording and photographs are stolen) so we're well aware just how important it is for us to get things right.

The mushrooms are interesting though, I sold them as Briglin, because I was certain they were at the time but I can't even remember where I got them from now so can't be sure what that was based on - perhaps they were sold to me as Briglin - or more likely they just screamed Briglin to me as they seem to be doing to you. I've also never ever seen other Briglin mushrooms or even similar non-attributed mushrooms on the internet or at any fair - which could suggest that either they're not Briglin or they are and they're super rare (I hope it's the latter!)

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Re: Briglin Pottery (London)

Post by big ed on December 20th 2009, 6:44 pm

Alex , I am a little confused , if you have never seen another rabbit like it , how can you compare it ,as you yourself say ,some briglin animals are rubbish , but they are just caracatures after all ,I don't see a connection with a forger selling bernard leach copies and a teenager (snotty or not) in pottery class , regarding the mushroom things , surely if you put them on your site and if it follows loads appear that would answer at least one question , the briglin stuff on ebay doesn't seem to attract any price at all at the moment ,even cheap buy it nows .
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Re: Briglin Pottery (London)

Post by Pip on December 20th 2009, 6:56 pm

I have, in the past, seen Briglin sell for decent money on eBay but I tend to buy much more at real life auctions and fairs these days so I don't know what prices Briglin is fetching currently on eBay because I don't tend to watch it. I do know however that Briglin is selling for decent money from specialist websites (mine and other similar ones) and has been hotly tipped by some industry 'experts' - I think Mark Hill may have been one of those who tipped it as a future collectable in his blog, so the prices being obtained for nice pieces on the internet are healthy and rising. I don't think it's unfeasible for someone to fake Briglin and we know from our own discussions on this board that sadly there are a number of fakers and unscrupulous dealers on eBay presently.

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Post by big ed on December 20th 2009, 7:04 pm

I think your right about being able to fake them ,anything can be faked ,but to fake pieces that are not worth very much doesn't make any sense , briglin has been tipped for quite a while now and it's good to know that the better pieces are selling , but on ebay you can get stuff for very little money .
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Post by big ed on December 20th 2009, 7:23 pm

There is fake troika , clarice cliff, whitefriars , bernard leach , hamada, paintings galore ,the list is endless and so called "experts" are fooled everyday ,(A)because the are not experts , (B), they want to believe in the thing or not and (c) they follow the leader, but what you can't say is something is a fake because it doesn't look quite right , more evidence would be required IMO
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Post by Davee on July 1st 2010, 8:28 pm

Fairly sure this is Briglin but wanted it confirmed as its unmarked.


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Re: Briglin Pottery (London)

Post by Pip on July 1st 2010, 9:13 pm

Seconded. Whilst not all Briglin is marked I bet if you scrutinise around the edge of the base you'll find a vague impressed mark somewhere infilled with glaze - it's often the case I've found with these types of vases.

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Post by bistoboy on July 1st 2010, 9:24 pm

i'm not sure i agree. I think this is by John Virando, Richmond Hill pottery. John did work at the Briglin pottery but left to set up his own works. I think it's more in his style.
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Post by Pip on July 1st 2010, 9:28 pm

John Virando left Briglin to set up a pottery in Richmond Hill (not far from me) he continued making very Briglin looking pieces when he left but marked them always with a JV and sometimes JV Richmond Hill on the base but never unmarked I'm lead to believe.

We have a John Virando thread here - I'll find it for you - it would be virtually impossible to distinguish between a John Virando Briglin piece and a John Virando Richmond Hill piece by eye since there appears to be no apparent difference in style - when he left Richmond Hill and moved to Scotland (where he died) his style seemed to change quite dramatically.

So anyway, to cut a long story short - this unlikely to be a John Virando Richmond Hill piece but more likely a Briglin piece possibly made by John.

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Post by Pip on July 1st 2010, 9:41 pm

I can't find the John Virando info anywhere (the search facility on this board is rubbish - it's around somewhere). Anyway, here's a link showing one of John's pieces from Richmond Hill in my sold archives - I have a few more somewhere I'll try and get up here too.

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Re: Briglin Pottery (London)

Post by Davee on July 1st 2010, 9:45 pm

I've scrutinised all the edges and can't find any indication of a mark Pip.

http://www.studiopottery.com/cgi-bin/pp.cgi?item=1994

I'm sure its Briglin, this decor is very similar

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Post by Pip on July 1st 2010, 9:52 pm

The point re: the decor Dave is that John produced virtually exactly the same pieces in Richmond Hill as he did when he was at Briglin - even to the point of using the same clay. The only differences appear to be in the markings and I *think* although I can't provide proof he was obliged to mark his Richmond Hill production so that it wasn't mistaken for Briglin.

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Re: Briglin Pottery (London)

Post by Pip on July 1st 2010, 10:07 pm

No difference in price but it's safe to assume that unless it has JV in black on the base then it's an unmarked Briglin.

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Re: Briglin Pottery (London)

Post by philpot on November 20th 2010, 12:15 pm

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And another one.
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Re: Briglin Pottery (London)

Post by philpot on November 20th 2010, 4:41 pm



They did do other colours of course. Happy
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