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Post by Dannd September 7th 2013, 3:08 am

Hello!

I bought this vase from a woman that said she received them from a Swiss estate unfortunately I'm not familiar with Swiss mid-century pottery. It looks quite unique so hopefully someone out there has some clue to the maker & confirmation of the origin. I thought the glaze was stunning. What type of clay would this be made from? Its quite red. Thank you for your time!

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Post by NaomiM September 7th 2013, 8:34 am

Traditional slipware/folkware pottery, made for the tourist trade. Nice quality so might be Thun, Switzerland, but this style is more commonly seen in Bulgarian Troyan Pottery.

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Post by Dannd September 7th 2013, 11:40 pm

Naomi,

After looking at examples of Bulgarian Troyan pottery I think you're dead on with that classification. I see some similarities with Thun but much more with the Bulgarian counterpart. She must have been remarking on the origin of the second vase I purchased from her (VSK USC which is a mid-century Swiss mark) - I assumed she was talking about both. Do you know how long they have been producing this style? I see a lot of 90s-modern examples. Thank you so much for your help!
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Post by NaomiM September 7th 2013, 11:52 pm

I believe the style is a traditional one, going back to the 19th Century or beyond, but pieces are far more numerous now since they started making them for export from the late 20th Century.

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Post by jords80 July 27th 2016, 12:35 pm

Hi there, Could anyone give me some more information on this small slipware pot? Age mainly. Thanks


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Post by NaomiM July 27th 2016, 5:20 pm

I think it's Troyan Pottery, Bulgaria


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Post by NaomiM July 27th 2016, 5:21 pm

As for age, very difficult to tell. It's traditional folkware, so made for well over a century and still being made today for tourists and export. But most of the stuff in the UK is post-WW2

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Post by jords80 July 27th 2016, 5:41 pm

that's great, thanks for the info
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Post by Lego March 4th 2019, 8:44 pm

Hi,

Am I right in thinking this is terracotta, probably from the 1950s and southern European?

Does anyone know what this style of decoration is called?

There is a good weight to it and looks thrown to me.

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Post by janetpjohn March 4th 2019, 9:18 pm

I think it's called pulled feather, from Bulgaria? And Troyan.
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Post by Lego March 4th 2019, 9:50 pm

Thank you! Looks like production of Troyan is still going strong so I could be way off with the date. Seen it described as redware so was wrong about terracotta. Seems lots of it about, mostly functional for cooking etc. I had a feeling the style of decoration was familiar. Thanks again
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Post by janetpjohn March 5th 2019, 3:29 am

From what I can find, redware is a kind of terracotta, but not all terracotta is redware. So you weren't wrong.
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Post by NaomiM March 5th 2019, 4:14 pm

Excellent

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Post by logboy February 23rd 2020, 2:53 pm

First post.

This was sat in one of my local charity shops, and I think there's something about it. Can't decide if it's good amateur or flawed larger-scale production by an independent maker.

Colours are very reminiscent of mocha ware (blue, brown, black white), but design is obviously more recent to my eyes; feathered / dripped, perhaps. Vintage rather than antique, I guess. Nicely done, clean and simple design with effective execution. Great shape and size; scale is decent and accurate for good usability - not too big at all (about half pint?), certainly not small enough to suggest coffee. Slight errors with some treatment of the glazing, when removing from wheel (blue scraped across base) and applying handle (some minor brown over main body) but so nice too look at, i think.

Not marked on base, no stamp or signature. Not hanging on this being valuable bargain, but rather just interested to see if it turns out to be by anyone in particular.

Any help appreciated.

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Post by NaomiM February 23rd 2020, 3:05 pm

It's Troyan slipware from Bulgaria. A lot of it around; they seem to have stuck with the same small number of designs for decades, which are based on old folkware patterns.

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t13217-troyan-slipware-pottery-bulgaria#176261

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Post by logboy February 23rd 2020, 3:10 pm

NaomiM wrote:It's Troyan slipware from Bulgaria. A lot of it around; they seem to have stuck with the same small number of designs for decades, which are based on old folkware patterns.

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t13217-troyan-slipware-pottery-bulgaria#176261

blimey. that was quick. guessing it is very common, then. never seen it before. impossible to date because of the lack of progress / change?
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Post by NaomiM February 23rd 2020, 3:12 pm

Still being made, and has been made in quantity since the 60s at least, so impossible to date.

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Post by logboy February 23rd 2020, 3:13 pm

NaomiM wrote:Still being made, and has been made in quantity since the 60s at least, so impossible to date.

thanks. googling now. looks like minor variations in shape over the years.
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Post by Norhug July 31st 2021, 1:38 pm

Can anyone identify this brown glazed vase for me?
It was purchased second hand in Cornwall and I saw an identical one, but pale blue, in Sussex recently.
It’s 10x4 inches.
The label on the bottom maybe a red herring?
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Post by studio-pots August 1st 2021, 3:24 pm

So what colour herring is the label? Troyan slipware, Bulgaria  1f600

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Post by sarah3645 January 12th 2022, 5:18 pm

They are marked foreign, looks like Slipware, I’m thinking German but not at all certain, they are tiny but so well done and beautiful. Any help appreciated. Thank you Troyan slipware, Bulgaria  Ac74c010
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Post by NaomiM January 12th 2022, 5:50 pm

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Post by sarah3645 January 12th 2022, 6:26 pm

Fantastic many thanks
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