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Post by NaomiM on May 20th 2012, 4:46 pm

Recently came across this heavy pot in a local charity shop and was wondering who the potter could be.

It has a cartouche backstamp with The Potteries (along the top), Fulham (faint, in the middle), London (at the bottom). It's also stamped Made In England. And there are two inscribed initials - W above the stamp, and WBA below.

I've looked up the Fulham Potteries, which has a long history of producing stoneware from the 17th - 20th Century (one of the bottle kilns still exists). In the late 1800s the Martin Brothers produced their Martin ware there, and, from 1888 William de Morgan produced his Hispano-Moresco wares - http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=22165
- all too early for this pot.

In the 1930s -50s it produced a line of white porcelain vases designed by Constance Spry - example here: http://www.valeriewade.com/Products/345-Fulham-Pottery-Urn-by-Constance-Spry-small.html
They have the same backstamp, and inscribed potters initials, as my pot, but are a very different style and mine seems handmade, on a wheel.

The glaze is a lovely cream colour, and unevenly speckled with grey dots - similar to the Cheavin water filter, pictured here: http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Fulham_Pottery_and_Cheavin_Filter_Co - so I'm assuming it's from that era.
There is mention of a couple of vases produced by the company for the 1947 British Industries Fair:
"Manufacturers of "Alber" and "Coralie" Vases as exhibited"
(quoted from the link above), so maybe it's one of those, but more likely they are Constance Spry's vases.

My feeling is it from the 1950s or 60s. Maybe a last attempt at producing something different before the business was finally wound up by 1970.

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Post by NaomiM on May 20th 2012, 4:48 pm

Should have added it's 10" tall x 10" wide.

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Post by NaomiM on May 20th 2012, 4:53 pm

Oops, backstamp says THE POTTERY, not POTTERIES. The 'Y' was obscured.

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Post by bistoboy on May 20th 2012, 7:03 pm

http://www.inthe20thcentury.com/KEITH-MURRAY(2341755).htm how curious that it's so similar to keith murray for wedgwood
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Post by NaomiM on May 20th 2012, 7:29 pm

Yes, I admit my heart skipped a beat when I first spotted it. But no such luck. Shock

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Post by NaomiM on May 10th 2014, 3:27 pm

From one of the links in the opening post -

1889 Sale by auction of the premises of Fulham Pottery, Church St[10].
The business became the property of the Fulham Pottery and Cheavin Filter Company Ltd.
1900 Company meeting of Fulham Pottery and Cheavin Filter[11].
1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Cheavin's "Saludor" Filters and Filtering Cylinders for all domestic and industrial purposes. "Zerocool" Patent Cold Storage Boxes and Butter Coolers, adaptable Hot Water Bottles and other designs, Stoneware Bottles and Jars. (Stand No. E.14) [12]

Back then it was a factory producing functional stoneware, so the initials may just be by the glazer or thrower or a quality check.

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