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Royal Doulton produced a range of Whiskey Flaggons for the Whyte & Mackay distillary, this range from the 1970's & 1980's comprised Birds of Prey. This particular flaggon is the extremely popular and attractive Osprey and is the second largest next to the Golden Eagle. Designed and modelled by D Littleton , this model was available in 1977.
The vase is a beautiful Cobalt Blue ground with 15 pairs of Wisteria Plums in shades of yellow, plum-red and purples, surrounded by leaves and flower buds. Vase stands an impressive 12½ inches (32cm) tall with a maximum diameter of 6 inches (15.5cm). This vase is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or damage although it does have a number of age/use related light surface scratches and the usual glaze crazing which is perfectly normal for vintage Moorcroft items. There is also a small area...
The second of our absolutely stunning monumental Plum Wisteria Vase from the hand of William Moorcroft. This vase dates from circa 1920 and carries a full hand-painted signature by William in blue and the standard small impressed Moorcroft mark indicating these were made prior to 1928 when the Royal Warrant mark was introduced.
Charger is 25.5cm (10 ") in diameter and stands 3cm (1¼") and is in lovely condition with a few surface scratches to the clear over-glaze. Some very minor glaze crazing, most noticeable on the pale glaze under the foot, this crazing is quite common on vintage Moorcroft pieces and will not detract from the value or desirability. There is a firing flaw in the clear glaze where a bubble has popped which can be seen as a lighter area on one of the seaweed stems (see the last photo, and use the zoom to...
This Stellaria bowl absolutely demonstrates the essence of his inspiration and looks like a massive natural ice formation. Standing some 7 inches tall and approximately 11 inches maximum diameter it would make an impressive centrepiece. The base of the bowl is engraved with Tapio's signature mark showing this is a genuine piece. The original Iittala label is still present on the inside of the bowl.
Another rare find is this unusual Flambé George VI Coronation Goblet by William Moorcroft , which can be accurately dated to May 1937. This piece is both an unusual shape and is decorated in a manner not normally seen on coronation pieces. It shows a crown, with hand script beneath of the date May 12 1937 . These coronation pieces normally have the crown with a G and R on either side, and the year beneath.
A large and impressive ovoid-shape vase or bowl from Crown Ducal in the 4491 Tudor Rose pattern designed by Charlotte Rhead. The base carries the Crown Ducal AGR2 backstamp dating this piece to between 1935 and 1938. Also present is the facsimile CRHEAD signature with the tubeliners mark (2) which confirms the date of this piece.
So how can you avoid buying a fake? Well, we'd always recommend viewing the item in person, handling it and giving it close scrutiny. Buying from a Specialist Dealer at a shop, fair (warning here though) or through a specialists website such as ours is the best move, and whilst you may not get the same 'rush' or satisfaction as picking up a 'bargain' by bidding on ebay, paying a little extra (though not always!) and having the protection afforded by law through the Distance Selling Regulations when...
Painted in strong colours with large crocus flowers indicating an early piece it stands approximately 5 inches tall. In excellent overall condition for its age, there are no significant chips, cracks or crazing and just a few very small scratches to the enamel and one tiny frit on the edge of one of the holes which is barely noticeable and just appears as a tiny loss to the yellow enamel on the top.
A rara Lilac colour Whitefriars pattern 9819 'Tapering Textured Finger' vase designed by Geoffrey Baxter and produced in this colour for one year only in 1974. This vase is in excellent condition and has no chips, cracks or scratches. The rim is flame polished and the base of the vase has just a few tiny 'shelf' marks as you would hope to find on a piece of this age, with the highly polished and ground Pontil mark where the 'punty' rod was attached to control the piece whilst the rim was flame polished...
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Painted in strong colours with bold flower heads, stalks and leaves, it stands approximately 5 inches tall. In excellent overall condition for its age, there are no significant chips, cracks or crazing and just a few very small scratches to the enamel. There is a small amount of oxidisation of a section of the blue enamel on one of the flower heads which can be seen on the second (edge) picture just above the grey and brown 'petals'. Not unusual in a piece that is almost 80 years old.
This vase has the EB stamp for Emma Bossons FRSA as the designer, the painters stylised monogram SA for Sharon Austin who started at Moorcroft in 1989, and the tubeliners mark SH for Sandra Hartshorne who was at Moorcroft from 1998. Additionally the manufacturing date mark of a 'Q' indicates that this vase was produced from 2006.
This stunning bowl is decorated with sectioned circles inside squares in subtle complementary earth colours. These types of pottery, both vases and lamp bases, were extremely difficult to decorate accurately, and had to be carefully marked out in pencil before being finished. There is probably more work in these 'sand textured' pieces than in the standard moulded roughware, though for some reason these pieces are significantly under-appreciated by Troika collectors.
The pot is 4 inches tall (to the lid finial) and has the Newport Potteries Clarice Cliff backstamp. Absolutely no chips, cracks or crazing with vibrant and untainted colours, and close inspection does not reveal any noticeable scratches or any areas of oxidised paintwork though there are some very minor paint losses to the green band on the rim where the lid has rubbed slightly. The backstamp dates this piece from 1938.
As a word of caution, take extra care if you are considering buying a Troika Mask on one of the popular auction sites. There are 'fakes' about, which are repainted biscuit-ware pieces which originated from the Donaldson collection, and also 'remoulds', which are wholly copies. These pieces do not have quite the correct colour, 'feel' or markings and were never painted by the Troika artists and decorators. They also are a fraction of the value of the genuine article and are illegal to resell as Troika...
This vase shows Caroles design work extremely well, with the sheer number of Puffins on one of the best shape and size of vase for this pattern. Overall there are fourteen Puffins in various poses, from standing to cooping, with some even looking directly out of the vase at the observer; overall a very comical and beautiful piece. The base carries the usual Moorcroft impressed factory marks alongside the '97 copyright mark, the 'Jug' impressed date mark for 1998, the tubeliners mark for Chris Walton...
This wheel is decorated in deep relief, and as is usual with Troika pieces, each side is different with one side showing regular lines, circles and squares in a grid pattern whilst the obverse is a slightly more abstract disc and line design. Painted in an overall moss-green glaze with the centre panels picked out in blue and highlighted in brown, ochre and orange. The vase has a diameter of roughly 16.5cm (6½ inches) and 4.5cm (1 ¾ inches) deep.
A beautifully crisp and colourful T2604 Slab Vase decorated in deep relief on both faces by Jane Fitzgerald (later Parsons), who worked at the Troika Newlyn pottery between 1976 and 1983. The main body and sides are in light brown, the front in an interesting symetrical geometric 'shield' pattern in deep relief in brown and beige, the verso being in brown and beige circles and bars with highlight discs in similar colours. The interior is in the usual titanium white gloss tin glaze.
The vase is a beautiful Cobalt Blue ground with six full Pansy flowers and two partial flowers in shades of plum-red, purple and pink, surrounded by leaves and flower buds. Vase stands an impressive 7¼ inches tall with a maximum diameter of just under 4 inches. These vases are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or damage covered up by restoration. There is a small amount of the usual glaze crazing as is perfectly normal for vintage Moorcroft items and a few minor surface glaze scratches...
These types of pottery, both vases and lamp bases, were actually quite difficult to decorate accurately, and had to be carefully marked out in pencil before being masked off and finished. There is probably more work in these 'sand textured' pieces than in the standard moulded roughware which is why you tend to find they are painted by the more established decorators
The rough matt stone glaze vase is decorated predominantly in a classic dark blue colour with mottled brown/bronze under, the highlighted patterns in light blue, brown and white/grey. Internally glazed in high-gloss titanium white tin glaze with a black rim edge. This rare and impressive piece stands 22cm (8½ inches) high and is 23cm (9 inches) at its widest point and is 6cm (2½ inches) deep.
Condition is exceptional with no chips, cracks or restoration. This is a very impressive piece, and good Double Base vases do not come onto the market very often these days. It would make a great centrepiece to any Troika or Cornish pottery collection. Why take the gamble of buying that large centrepiece from an unknown 'private' seller on ebay? Buy from a long-established Troika collector and dealer; all our pieces are guaranteed genuine and free from damage and restoration.
In beautiful condition with no chips, cracks or restoration, a nice small piece to start or enhance a collection. There are a couple of very light firing hairlines to the tin glaze inside the vase which would have occurred during the cooling process in the kiln. These vases were not particularly stable through the firing due to their shape and the rough way the openings were cut. These hairlines do not penetrate into or through the body of the vase and being on the inside cannot be seen when the...
In good condition with no chips, cracks or restoration, however there are a couple of splits on the face which on close inspection must have occurred at the first biscuit firing as the brown glaze has been fired into the split. Troika is seldom perfect with some pieces being 'less perfect' than others; rarely were any pieces rejected unless they were clearly broken, such was the way with what at the time was cheap tourist wares!
This vase is decorated in what has become to be known as the Crucifix or 'alien figure' pattern. The front or main side appears to show a humanoid figure with long arms outstretched. Above the head is a crescent with a circle and triangle, possibly depicting sun, moon and stars? The reverse has a deeply moulded semicircle and rectangle. Pattern highlights are picked out in light brown and grey with the base colour being in the popular 'Troika Blue'. The interior of the vase is as usuall in bright...
The base is 9" (23cm) tall by 5" (12.5cm) square and although has no lamp fittings for us to comply with UK regulations, it does have the original screw to allow easy fitting of a suitable lamp holder. This particular lamp base is in an overall earth brown with the pattern on two sides in deep relief in moss-green, dark green, stone and ochre. The base as expected has the standard Troika painted marks and AB monogram.
Condition is exceptional with no chips, cracks or restoration and came from a large private west-country Troika collection. This is a very impressive piece, and good Double Base vases do not come onto the market very often these days. It would make a great centrepiece to any Troika or Cornish pottery collection.
This vase shows Caroles design work extremely well, with the sheer number of Puffins on probably the best shape and size of vase for this pattern. Overall there are a staggering seventeen Puffins in various poses, from standing to cooping, with some even looking directly out of the vase at the observer; overall a very comical and beautiful piece. The base carries the usual Moorcroft impressed factory marks alongside the '97 copyright mark, the 'Jug' impressed date mark for 1998, the tubeliners mark...
The base carries the standard hand painted Troika Cornwall mark and the DD monogram for Tina Doubleday (later Richards) who worked at the Troika pottery for just two years between 1977 and 1979, not to be confused as a CC monogram for Colin Carbis who was a fettler and not a decorator.
As is usual for these pots, all four sides are decorated, with two panels highlighted in blue and brown. The opposite pair of panels are coloured in the plain stone coloured ground and all panels show somewhat abstract designs however the main panels show what appears to be an apple and the opposite side looks like a shield of sorts. The shoulder of the pot is a very deep blue and the interior is in the usual white tin glaze.
A great vase in an instantly recognisable Troika design and colourway that would make an ideal starter piece for the budding Troika collector or as a wonderful single example of this highly respected pottery. The vase approximately stands 6¾ inches tall and condition is excellent with no chips, cracks or restoration.
As is usual for these pots, all four sides have incised decoration, with two panels highlighted in brown and dark blue with the opposite pair of panels coloured in the same plain light brown as the ground. All panels show abstract and organic patterns. The shoulder of the pot is a very deep blue and the interior is in the usual titanium white tin glaze.
This mug is made in the same way as the 'sand textured' Pencil Pot cylinders, but with the addition of a loop handle at the base and a slightly more rounded and open form. The decoration is applied in exactly the same way, with the circumference of the cylinder being marked out in pencil by hand to ensure the pattern fits, before the colour is applied..
The pot is in brown earth tones and each face has a different design with two opposing faces coloured in brown and light grey, the other two in relief only in the same colour as the ground. The shoulders of the pot are in a dark petrol blue which unusually is in a completely matt glaze, and the inside is in titanium white tin glaze.
This wonderful vase has no chips, damage or restoration, but does have two firing stress cracks that run across the inside where the legs meet the base (see the additional photos) and some very minor 'shelf wear' to the base feet as expected. Stress cracks to the gloss glaze were a feature of many of the designs and are usually found in the lip edges of wheel vases and are caused by shrinkage and uneven cooling in the kiln which is amplified by uneven shape and thickness of the pottery.
This vase shows Caroles design work extremely well, with the sheer number of Puffins on probably the best shape and size of vase for this pattern. Overall there are a staggering seventeen Puffins in various poses, from standing to cooping, with some even looking directly out of the vase at the observer; overall a very comical and beautiful piece. The base carries the usual Moorcroft impressed factory marks alongside the '97 copyright mark, the 'Jug' impressed date mark for 1998, the tubeliners mark...
The base is 4 ¾ inches square and 7¾ inches high excluding the light fitting. To comply with current UK safety regulations it is supplied from us with the light fitting but with a cut cable and WITHOUT a mains plug fitted and for decorative purposes only. Before use as a lamp we would recommend that it be safety tested to UK specifications by a qualified electrician. In excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restoration.
The pot shows a decorating style typical of Alison Brigden, with strong colours and deeply incised and outlined patterns. The rough textured areas are in an overall light brown colour with highlights in the pattern on two faces being picked out in grey, green and light blue. The neck and shoulders of the pot are in bronze lustre gloss glaze as is the inside. The base is hand signed by Alison Brigden, with the usual Troika mark and the AB monogram. It stands 14.5cm (5¾ inches) tall and 7cm (2¾ inches...
The rough matt stone glaze vase is decorated predominantly in brown with highlighted patterns in beige, grey, green and lilac. Internally glazed in gloss white. This rare and impressive piece stands 22cm (8½") high and is 24cm (9½") at its widest point.
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