Help in deciphering pottery HP mark (possible Helen Pincombe)

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Post by CarinaMarie Fri Jan 06, 2023 9:25 pm

I found this at an estate sale. This studio centerpiece bears the stamp HP. I believe the glaze and style are consistent with the work of the late British artist Helen Pincombe (1908 - 2004). Can anyone help to verify?  The bowl is 14 3/8 inches in diameter on the top. The base is 10 3/8 inches in diameter. CORRECTED: Weighs 4 pounds. Thank you!



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Last edited by CarinaMarie on Sat Jan 07, 2023 7:26 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : wrong weight)
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Post by philpot Sat Jan 07, 2023 9:44 am

Well it is Very definitely NOT Helen Pincombe, She never ever used a Red glaze like that. She was a pupil of William Staite Murray back in the 30's. Her palette was invariably in the darker tones mostly browns. Equally that base and clay is not like something she  would have made. It is too modern. I have owned several of her pots.
           There are a couple of other British studio  potteries that used an HP mark. Haverfordwst pottery for instance. But again they were all in the Brown tines of the Leach style.
           To my mind, this a Very Modern piece.
          Did I see 40 pounds in weight? That is an enormous weight for a piece of pottery this size!

This is a link to Helen Pimcombe's pots in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. As you can see, they are nothng like this piece.
https://collections.vam.ac.uk/search/?q=helen%20pincombe
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Post by dantheman Sat Jan 07, 2023 9:54 am

I agree, it looks fairly new

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Post by studio-pots Sat Jan 07, 2023 2:43 pm

It doesn't look like a piece of studio pottery made in the UK and, therefore, I suspect that it was made in the USA.

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Post by NaomiM Sat Jan 07, 2023 3:35 pm

Unfortunately it's not on the The Marks Project website of US studio pottery marks

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Post by olipayton Sat Jan 07, 2023 6:46 pm

Aha, the ever returning HP mark, a few of us have been caught by these initials!
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Post by CarinaMarie Sat Jan 07, 2023 7:25 pm

Thank you everyone. I rechecked the weight. That was a mistake. It's FOUR pounds not 40. Sorry about that.

So definitely not Helen Pincombe. Must just be a hobby piece. -- Carina
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Post by studio-pots Sun Jan 08, 2023 11:33 am

There is nothing about it to suggest that it was made by a hobby potter. It is very well made and the glazing looks very professional from the images.

I think that it most likely to have been made by an American studio potter that lives in the area that the Estate sale took place. I sell studio pottery to the States and so I appreciate that things can travel around the world but, if not a potter in the state where it was bought then elsewhere in North America would be where I suggest you look. The P in the mark could well stand for "Pottery" and not a surname, so looking for potteries could be another option.

In recent times far more collectors from the States have joined this Forum and so one of them could spot this and know who made it. However, the main knowledge base of the Forum is very much British based.

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