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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.
This particular vase is in an overall mottled and banded blue/green colour with discs in a light beige cut through with blue and brown bands. As is usual, the interior of the vase is in the bright white titanium glaze. Cylinder vases are becoming much more collected now and were very under-rated in the past.
The 'Urn' was Troika's take on a classically shaped vase which was conventionally hand-thrown on a potters wheel. The decoration for these 'sand-ware' pieces being quite tricky to apply, as the pattern had to be roughed out in pencil on the biscuit form to ensure it would fit and the proportions were correct. Only when the design had been mapped out would the colour glazes be applied, mixed with sand to produce the very fine rough sandy finish.
The vase stands 6¾ inches tall and condition is excellent with no chips, cracks or restoration. A really nice, typical Coffin Vase by a well respected decorator. This piece would make a stunning addition to any Troika collection.
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 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..
Cylinder vases have gained huge popularity over the past few years and are becoming much harder to source. This particular vase has a stone brown ground, with light blue and white circles set into blue and brown squares. Cutting through these circles are dark and light bands. The shoulder is in a blue gloss glaze and the interior is finished in the usual titanium white tinglaze. These vases were actually quite difficult to decorate accurately, and had to be carefully marked out in pencil before being...
In the much sought after and collectable 'Petrol Blue' colourway with an unusual light lilac gloss glazed centre panel, this piece is carries the initials AB and the standard hand painted Troika marks to the base. The bowl is 19cm (7½ inches) square and is 3cm (1¼ inches) high.
The vase stands 6¾ inches tall and condition is excellent with no chips, cracks or restoration. This is one of the nicest Coffin Vases we have seen in this pattern, with excellent detail and great colours, and by a well respected and collected decorator. This piece would make a stunning addition to any Troika collection.
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.
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.
Paul Klee was one of Lesley Ilsley's favourite artists and his influence can be clearly seen in some of the decoration of Troika wares; such as the face design lidded vessel on plate 28 of Carol Cashmore's book and plates 1 & 4 of the Troika 1994 Exhibition Guide referencing Klee's 'Coloured Angles' and 'Senecio' works.
The pot is decorated with strong colours and deeply incised and outlined patterns. The rough textured areas are in the highly desirable light 'Troika blue' colour with highlights in the pattern on two faces being picked out in beige colour. The neck and shoulders of the pot are in bright white gloss glaze as is the inside. The base is hand signed by Tina Doubleday, with the usual Troika mark and the inverted CC monogram. It stands 14.5cm (5¾ inches) tall and 7cm (2¾ inches) square and is in perfect...
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...
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.
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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.
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...
Because most of these were used in public houses, very few survive and are rarely found. Not easily seen in the photograph, the base carries the Moorcroft England factory mark lightly embossed but clearly visible 'in the flesh'.
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 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...
Designed for the Heals department store in London, this gloss glaze Square Shallow Bowl or Ashtray is one of the pieces that every collector should have and is a wonderful retro minimalist piece that would look good against any decor. This particular item was decorated during the St. Ives era, where decorators monograms were seldom applied, however, the style and size of the handwriting would confirm that this piece was decorated by Leslie Illsley who was one of the three founders of the Troika pottery...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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