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Post by Nick55 July 25th 2023, 8:43 am

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Hi I recent bought this in an antique shop in Ironbridge and would like to know something about it. Its 19cm high.
I hope i have inserted the photos correctly as it a bit confusing.
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Post by philpot July 25th 2023, 9:05 am

It does not look as though it was made by a studio potter. The number looking to be stamped on. But the slip decoration is very good. It would have taken some time to do. So would have sold at a higher price.May well be an Art country pottery. Of which there a number in former times. More an item made to be sold in a shop rather than the utilitarian ware that a lot of Country potteries produced.
A pottery that comes to mind is Wethereriggs pottery near Penrith. A long running country pottery near Penrith which ran well into the latter half of the 20th century, They certainly did a lot of slipware.
           As a matter of interest, how much liquid does it hold?
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Post by Nick55 July 25th 2023, 9:23 am

Thanks for your reply Philpot. I thought that the large number would mean it was not studio pottery, as well.
I just tried and it holds a little over 2 pints.
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Post by Nick55 July 25th 2023, 9:25 am

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Post by philpot July 25th 2023, 9:50 am

2 pints would probably indicate that it came from a standard form that was made regularly. Then decorated for a specific market. One cannot see from the photos, but has it any crazing in the glaze? That would indicate some age.
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Post by Nick55 July 25th 2023, 11:19 am

No, there is no crazing to the glaze.
It feels like its hand thrown to me as the thickness is uneven and I can feel the finger ridges.
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Post by NaomiM July 25th 2023, 11:24 am

Is it bottom heavy? If not it’s probably professionally thrown, but the slip trailing is very amateur so it might be a pot set aside for visitors to the pottery to practice on, and the number on the bottom is a reference so it can be matched to the visitor after firing for them to collect at a later date

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Post by Nick55 July 25th 2023, 12:43 pm

Interesting point, Naomi. It does not seem bottom heavy to me.
Looking again more closely, the cream glaze is a little cracked.
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