Arousing more immediate interest than anything when Shapes’ catalogue went online, this 16in (40cm) tall Deco period Poole pottery vase bore the impressed mark of Carter Stabler and Adams and the monogram of Truda Carter.
Estimated at £700-1000, it sold to
a collector over the phone for £7000 at the Edinburgh sale on July
That is a very healthy price these
days, albeit way short of the record £16,000 set back in 2004 by
Poole Pottery specialists Cottees of Wareham for a c.1926 vase
painted by Ann Hatchard. Even at the height of the market, that
price was described as 'phenomenal' by auctioneer John Condie and
there has been nothing near it since.
Indeed, the market for Deco Poole fell
away noticeably, with younger buyers apparently preferring '60s
and'70s material. That may be changing.
"There has been a resurgence of
interest in these early big pieces brought about by yet another
small band of avid collectors," said Mr Condie. "I believe the
purchaser of the Shapes vase was the same collector who bought
strongly at our sale last November."