IT is symptomatic of the changes in the Poole pottery market that the joint top selling lot in a large specialist sale last month was a 1960s rimmed dish.
The 350-lot auction held by Cottee's (15% buyer's
premium) in Wareham, Dorset on May 13 was this 14½in
(37cm) dish decorated by Tony Morris during his early period at the
The dish, decorated in tones of blue, green and uranium orange,
is one of a series of designs which were derived from Poole Council
town plans and, particularly striking on its white ground.
Although unsigned it has been authenticated by Morris and
illustrated in both Poole Pottery by Leslie Hayward and
Paul Atterbury and the exhibition Poole Pottery Studio in the
1960s held by London dealer Harry Lyons in 1993. It made
The classic Carter Stabler Adams Art Deco wares, once the
standard by which all other Poole prices were judged, have fallen
away in recent years as the hardened band of buyers have become
Nevertheless a £1000 bid (estimate £500-800) was received for a
stepped, twin-handled vase (shape 973) decorated by Anne Hatchard
in the so-called BT pattern while the artist's 10in (25cm)
vase (shape 910) in theLWpattern sold for £750.
Prices for Barbara Linley Adams' large animals and birds have
also dropped. Once these frequently sold in the £500-1000 bracket
with the model of theBarred Owlbringing £400-500. In this sale
three of these were on offer, two in brown stoneware selling for
£120 and £130 and another in white bone china with gilt painted
eyes and claws selling for £180.
However, £920 was bid by a collector in Australia for an example
of the limited edition Canada Goose. Offered here with the
original signed certificate recording it as number 326 of the 500
made, the estimate had been £300-500.
A prototype figure of the jockey Sir Gordon Richards in blue and
white racing colours sold for £400. Designed and modelled by Harold
Brownsword and painted by Margaret Holder c.1930- 1932, this
previously unknown model (verified by Leslie Hayward) had come to
sale from the family of the original owner.