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Poole’s prize kiln tops the day

14 November 2010Written by Roland Arkell

MODELLED as a brickwork kiln, this rare stoneware lampbase was one of only four hand thrown by Guy Sydenham to commemorate the pottery’s centenary in 1973.

The financial highlight of the second Poole Pottery auction of 2010 held by Cottees of Wareham, Dorset on November 6, the 13½in (35cm) lampbase contained 14 miniature pieces of Poole within from all periods of the pottery's history.

This one had not been on the market before although another sold at Christie's South Kensingon as part of the Poole Pottery archive sale in 2004 for a premium-inclusive £2868.

The Cottees example did not match that but was the day's highest price selling for £1500.

Prices continue to fluctuate in the Poole market, comprehensively covered at the sale in more than 400 lots from early Carter productions to modern Living Glaze.

Plenty of interest was shown in a rare pair of 9½in (24cm) high, green lustre glazed grey stoneware vases decorated with applied reliefs of serpents, designed by Owen Carter and probably decorated by Lily Gilham.

One bore the residue of a Liberty, London paper label to the base and both were incised Carters Poole. Earlier or better examples would be hard to find and the price of £1100 was not considered dear.

A 1930s twin-handled vase painted by Anne Hatchard in the BD pattern, christened Manhattan  by many collectors, was probably the most desired piece in the sale.

Ten years ago a large 10in (25cm) Deco vase like this would have made £2000, but the high-spending buyers of that era have faded away and this vase sold at £900.

The buyer's premium was 10%

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