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Demand for early Poole resurfacing

31 July 2013Written by Roland Arkell

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 6.

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."

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