We look for anything you might think is fun, interesting, beautiful, new, old or odd. Vintage and almost new clothes, ceramics, treen, ephemera, books and costume jewellery. If it fits in a box, we'll sell it.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Small Studio Pottery Stoneware Vase - Sue Bartholomew



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Beautiful miniature stoneware vase with a vivid matt blue and ochre tinged glaze. It's by Sue Bartholomew, who has potted in Cumbria since returning from Australia 20 years ago. It is unmarked but has a hand-signed label tied around the neck. Needless to say, it's in perfect condition.

8cm x 6.5cm
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Vintage Midnight Blue Preserve Pot - Hornsea Heirloom



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Small lidded jam pot from the John Clappison designed Heirloom pattern in the gorgeous Midnight Blue. It has a notched lid for a spoon and is in absolutely perfect condition.

9cm x 8.5cm (d)
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Vintage Midnight Blue Pot w/ Wooden Lid - Hornsea Heirloom






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Small lidded jam, preserve or sugar jar from the John Clappison designed Heirloom pattern in the gorgeous Midnight Blue. It has a notched wooden lid for a spoon so probably not best used for jams or honey. The wooden lid is a mystery - it certainly fits the Heirloom style, and it's in excellent condition, but I've searched a few sites and not seen anything similar. The jam pot or sugar bowl lid will should fit though - please check sizes with me if you're looking to replace a broken item. The backstamp is the 1980s version and it is in absolutely perfect condition.

10cm x 8.5cm (d)
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Friday, 30 May 2014

Nest of Three Carved and Brass Inlaid Wooden Boxes



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Very nice set of three nested wooden boxes, probably sheesham, each with a diagonal floral pattern hand carved into the lid with inlaid brass leafes and branches. They are well made with brass hinges and all lids close snugly. The inside of the lid and base are covered in red velveteen, slightly more plush in the largest box although none are particularly worn, the fibres just compressed from storage. They do not appear to have been used much, if at all, and are therefore in very good condition with very few surface marks.

Small: 13.5cm x 5.5cm x 3.3cm. Compartment: 11cm x 3cm x 2cm
Medium: 17cm x 9cm x 4.5cm. Compartment: 14.5cm x 6.5cm x 3cm
Large: 20.3cm x 12.7cm x 6.3cm. Compartment: 17.5cm x 9.8cm x 4.5cm

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Pink Elephant Water Jug - Hornsea Fauna



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Lovely Hornsea Pink Elephant bar water jug from the Hornsea Fauna range of around 60 years vintage - the mark on the base of this dates it to around 1955. It is well detailed, the barrel with the legend "Take More Water With It" (presumably as you're in a pub and seeing pink elephants). As well as the backstamp, there is an impressed C1 on the base.  There is a tiny flea bite on the rim to the left of the trunk (facing - see detail - looks worse in picture than in real life) and on the same side nearer the spout, a very fine hairline crack about 1cm long, just about visible in the close up of the barrel. It is otherwise sound and in very good condition.

13cm x 10cm (h) x 8cm


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Carved Wooden Mask





Small hand carved wooden tribal mask. Unsure of the origin, possibly Pacific. Although small it is quite substantial and in no way flimsy. Overall condition is very good with no bits snapped off or major marks.

16cm x 12cm
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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Cobalt Blue and Gold Miniature Rococo Vase - Meissner Limoges



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Small urn shaped and rococo styled vase by Meissner of Limoges in cobalt blue with gilded handles, rim and base. One side has a Fragonard inspired picture, also gold coloured. There is a numbr on the base, V.28 C, a shape number I believe. There is a little bit of wear to some of the guilding around the base but  it's not overly noticeable and it is in otherwise very good condition.

14.5cm x 8cm
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Vintage Small Blue and White Cream Jug - Aviemore Pottery



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Small light blue/aquamarine and ivory coloured milk jug by Aviemore Pottery. I know next to nothing about Aviemore Pottery but I believe it to be long gone. I have had an item with a label on it in the past which I believe suggested it was working in the late 1970s but that is about the extent of my knowledge! This certainly looks to be of around that vintage - there is a little wear to the inside of the jug where it has become crazed but it is in otherwise very good condition. Aviemore is quite collectable - move fast!

8.5cm (h) x 10cm
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Pale Pink Posy Basket - Govancroft Stoneware



This dates from around 1950 and is by Govancroft Stoneware of Glasgow, one of the major Scottish potteries of the 20th Century. It is a pale pink posy vase in the shape of a basket. It does have one or two surface marks but no chips or cracks as far as I can see and is in excellent condition generally.

12.5cm x 9cm


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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Harrods Blue Stilton Cheese Storage Jar






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Vintage custard coloured blue stilton cheese jar from Harrods. it bears the 071 telephone number which would date it to between 1990 and 1995. No maker's mark but it is in excellent condition.

11cm x 10cm (d)

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Wooden Mortar & Pestle



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Rather striking wooden mortar and pestle in a very heavily grained but quite lightweight wood, possibly a burr. There are a couple of light marks, perhaps water stains, but otherwise it's in excellent condition and I think unused and as such untainted although owing to the stains I have listed it as used.

Mortar: 10.5cm (d) x 10cm; Pestle: 17cm long
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Vintage Silvered Earthenware Sugar Bowl



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Sugar bowl in a silver lustre glaze with green band. It is unmarked apart from a decorator's mark,  1324/3, but the colour of the clear glazed earthenware clay is very reminiscent of Gibsons or similar popular Staffordshire ware of the early to mid 20th Century. It's in fine condition with only some very light signs of wear on the silvering.
10cm x 5.5cm

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Small Studio Pottery Style Earthenware Mug





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Beautiful earthenware mug, very delicate and lightweight, with a light wash on the inside and a thick greenish slip glaze over the outside. Very striking. It is marked with what appears to be an LM or LN or even LD monogram but I have been unable to trace the mark. In excellent condition.

10.5cm x 11.5 cm (w)

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Heavy Carved Wooden Duck



Beautiful hand crafted wooden duck. I am quite hopeless at identifying wood but this is quite heavy with a lovely colourful grain. It has a rounded underside so does not sit still, rather it is wont to spin and rock if touched as it balances on one point only. Really nice unusual piece in splendid condition.

22cm x 11cm x 7.5cm

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Vintage Silvered Earthenware Jug



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Small creamer in a silver lustre glaze with green band and ornate handle. It is unmarked apart from a decorator's mark,  1324/3, but the colour of the clear glazed earthenware clay is very reminiscent of Gibsons or similar popular Staffordshire ware of the early to mid 20th Century. It's in fine condition with only some very light signs of wear on the silvering.
9cm x 9cm

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Monday, 26 May 2014

Large Carved Banana Leaf Shaped Wooden Platter



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Long banana leaf shaped platter with indents for thumbs. Hand carved with notches and ovals. Very retro and quite distinctive. A couple of little knocks and some label residue on the bottom but in very good condition otherwise.

43.5cm x 15cm

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Stoneware Goblet with Durham Cathedral Knocker - Jerry Harper, Blacktoft





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Lovely stoneware chalice shaped goblet from Jerry Harper of Blacktoft, East Yorkshire with drip glazed rim and a single motif of the Sanctuary door knocker from Durham Cathedral. It is impressed  on the base with the Durham Cathedral stamp and Jerry Harper's Blacktoft, North Humberside mark, which I guess would date it from between 1974 & '96 when North Humberside disappeared and became the East Riding again.  In beautiful condition.

10cm x 10cm

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Large Pyrographed Wooden Shallow Bowl



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Souvenir type large shallow wooden bowl. It's in a typical folk art style, with the patterns burnt in (pyrography). It's been finished with a clear varnish on the top, unvarnished on the underside so looks a little rough and ready in places but it's generally in excellent condition.

Approx 30cm in diameter, 5cm deep.

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Vintage Blue Rose C2095 Bone China Pin/Butter Dish - Aynsley



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A small bone china butter dish or pin tray by Wedgwood in the Meadow Sweet design. In excellent condition

10cm diameter
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Vintage Grey Lustre Candle Holder Centrepiece - Prinknash



Candle holder in the shape of a posy ring - ideal for a Christmas table centrepiece - by Prinknash Abbey Pottery. It's in their famous silver-grey lustre finish with an inpressed stamp on the base. I have to say, I have sold (and have indeed got a lot of unsold) a lot of Prinknash and rarely come across this style of mark so am unsure of the date - they used a variety over the years and are always a bit of a problem to date accurately. There is one small flea bite on the rim and a couple of other small marks but it's in otherwise very good condition.

10.5cm x 4.5cm


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Vintage Set of 3 Japanese Black Lacquer Hectagonal Boxes




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A lovely set of 3 nested vintage Japanese black lacquer hectagonal boxes which have been in my partner's family for at least 50 years.  There is a charming pattern on each box in an orange colour and apart from some minor signs of wear (scuffs to the surfaces and minor scratches - do see the photos), these boxes are in very good condition.  Ideal for jewellery, trinkets or decoration.


Small box: 17cm x 15cm x 4cm
Medium box: 20cm x 18.5cm x 4.8cm
Large box: 25cm x 22cm x 6cm

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Friday, 23 May 2014

Vintage Stoneware Two-Handled Pot



Rather nice heavy stoneware pot with two handles in the style of a casserole. It's decorated with vague iris like designs in blues, green and brown. It may have had a lid at one time although it's not ridged. There is a mark on the base although I'm not quite sure whose it is - it looks similar to that of Alan Ashpool although I'm not totally convinced! However, it's in very good condition, although slightly crazed.

14.5cm x 10.5cm
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Vintage "Herbs" Wall Mounted Salt Pot - Taunton Vale



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Vintage white wall mounted salt box or storage bowl in the Herbs design by Taunton Vale. It has the original wooden lid and is in excellent condition although the lid could do with rub down and varnish.

19cm x 14cm x 10cm (depth)

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Hand-turned Wooden Lidded Bowl - Possibly Yew



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Nice round hand-turned wooden bowl with lid. The bowl has been varnished with a very clear, natural varnish. There are a couple of very light marks on each side but these appear to be natural and will become less noticeable with use.

13.5cm diameter x 10cm.


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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Large Carved Wooden Shallow Bowl



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Large folk art souvenir type shallow wooden bowl. It has an ornately scalloped edge with a notched circular design on the surface. Lovely looking thing in excellent condition.

28cm x 4cm

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Conical Studio Pottery Mug - LRP IB



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Distinctive conical studio pottery mug in a mixture of tenmoku and other glaze effects in a variety of colours. The very light grey earthenware base is stamped MRP and Ib near the base of the handle but I can't trace the potter. It's in excellent condition.

13cm x 8cm
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Vintage Toast Rack and Oil Bottle - Rayware



Matching toast rack and oil bottle by Rayware. In a very summery blue with sunflowers they are a few years old as the Rayware logo isn't the current one. The toast rack appears perfect, the bottle has two or three chips to the spout, one more noticeable than the others, and is included here as an addition. The weight will not affect UK postage.

Bottle: 16.5cm x 10cm
Rack: 15cm x 8cm x 9cm


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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Vintage Stoneware Oil Pourer - Kathy Cartledge





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Lovely stoneware bottle, with handle, in blue with wax resist band around it. I thought it was Bentham Pottery but was thrown by the KC impressed on the base until I discovered that Kathy Cartledge founded Bentham Pottery and this was her mark between 1971 & 1980. It is in excellent condition for something that could be in excess of 40 years old with the glaze still having a high gloss.

12cm (h) x 11cm
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Vintage Ebony Ashtray



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This has puzzled me! It's obviously an ashtray, with three grooves into a central hole. It appeared to have been turned from a single piece of wood but if you stick your finger in, the inside is bigger than it looks - how did they do that? But after several attempts to unscrew it, something moved - I haven't actually managed to unscrew it but it moved a couple of mm. Sit the base in something cold to contract it (remember if you choose cold water, ebony sinks) and you may be able to unscrew it properly but at least the mystery is solved. There is a hairline crack on the top half, not visible in the photos, but it's no threat to its integrity unless I imagine, you subject it to a great deal of pressure, and it remains a great piece. The base is somewhat scratched, I guess from manufacture, but it is otherwise in excellent condition.

9cm x 4.5cm
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Small Crimped Studio Pottery Vase with Petal Detail



Striking green/blue glazed crumpled or re-formed earthenware vase with crimped edge and appliqué petal detail. It doesn't bear a potter's mark but it looks to be an accomplished piece and is in excellent condition

12cm x 9cm

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Stoneware Candle Holder - Australian



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Rather nice stoneware "Wee Willie Winkie" type candle holder in a mixture of blue glazes. It's marked "Handcrafted in Townsville, Qld, Australia."  Townsville has a thriving pottery community although I can't identify the one responsible for this. It's in excellent condition although it has been used.

11.5cm x 4cm  Holds a candle with a base of at least 3cm
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"Somerset" Bone China Pin Tray - Aynsley



Excellent gold rimmed bone china pin tray by Aynsley in the Somerset pattern. The tiniest, barely visible bit of wear to the gold lining otherwise it's in superb condition.

12cm x 13.5cm
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Vintage "Herbs" Sugar Bowl/Jam Pot - Taunton Vale



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1970s jam pot by Taunton Vale in the Herbs pattern. It is, unusually for Taunton Vale, uncrazed although the foot ring is stained from sitting on a tea swilled worktop. There is one very small chip to the underside of the rim but otherwise it's very presentable.

10.5cm x 9cm (d)
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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Studio Pottery Bowl - Bentham Pottery



From the Bentham Pottery on the edge of the North Yorkshire Dales this is a small pot in their signature wax resist banding although this is browns rather than the blue for which they are more well known. It is possible this once had a lid although it will make a lovely sugar bowl without one as it is in excellent condition.

9cm x 9cm

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Antique Stoneware Blacking Bottle - Doulton Lambeth




Mid sized antique heavy stoneware blacking bottle. It is stamped, one can just about make out the "lton" of Doulton and the number "42". It also has the original cork stopper. Something is rattling around inside although this may just be a piece of cork. It has a couple of small marks and one or two little chips, the least one could expect from a bottle of this age but is in overall very good condition.

13.5cm x 6cm

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Vintage Ceramic Lamp Base - Don Beckley Seaview Pottery Isle of Wight



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Lovely retro lamp base by Don Beckley of the Seaview Pottery on the Isle of Wight. It is decorated with bands of deep red, pinks blues and yellow with a sgraffito pattern about two thirds up. There is a standard bayonet bulb mount, cord and plug but I have not tested these. I will be willing to remove these should you wish but it will not affect the postage unless you are an overseas buyer. In otherwise excellent condition.

19cm (12cm without bulb holder) x 9cm 

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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Vintage Toilet Roll Holder



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Rather nice vintage/retro toilet roll holder in, I think, stainless steel. It has a wooden roller, around a metal spindle held in place by the two knurled knobs. There are two mounting holes. It is perfectly serviceable and apart from some paint residue, which will remove with a little effort, and the roller perhaps needing a varnish or seal, is in excellent condition.

Roller length: 11.5cm (most toilet rolls are around 10.5-11cm width)  

Mounting holes are centred 8.5cm apart

Depth: from top of plate to centre of spindle approx 9.5cm

Width: 17cm, roller sits approx 7cm proud from wall

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Wooden Goblet Shaped Vase





Retro looking turned wooden goblet style vase. It is somewhat water splashed and has an odd stain on the bowl. It could be restored to a degree or left to patinate further - up to you. It's an intriguing shape and could still look good in the right environment.

15cm x 9.5cm
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Small hand Carved Ebony Crocodile



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Beautiful little carved ebony crocodile. And that's all there is to say. It's flat bottomed so can sit on a mantle or shelf but it's not heavy enough to be a paper weight. Lovely condition.

15cm long
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Friday, 16 May 2014

Hand Turned Ironwood Candle Holder



Unusually shaped dark reddish brown candleholder, hand turned from a very heavy piece of what appears to be mahogany or some kind of ironwood or lignum vitae (can you detect some bet hedging?). The bowl and stem are plain, the base bowl is carved with what could be a rhino and something similar. It is probably a souvenir but a well made one nevertheless. There are one or two very small marks but these mainly seem to be largely natural. It does look to have been stained but it is quite an impressive little piece nonetheless.

14cm x 7cm


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Vintage Small Round Ebony Trinket Box



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Rather delightful little lidded pot, stamped on the base "Real Ebony". It does have a hairline crack in it, visible in the photos, but this doesn't detract and it's perfectly functional otherwise. It looks to be of some vintage judging by the patina but has very few signs of wear.

7.5cm (d) x 7cm
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Vintage Small Wild Rose Butter Dish - Carlton Ware 2114



Small green butter dish by Carlton Ware in the 2114 Wild Rose pattern. It has the "Australian" backstamp, the form of which one Australian collector dates to pre-1951. If so, this is in excellent condition, with no crazing and only a couple of faint marks to the front and a yellow smudge to the reverse.

13cm x 11cm
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Thursday, 15 May 2014

"Wild Tudor" Leaf Tray - Aynsley



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Lovely leaf shaped bone china tray in the Wild Tudor pattern from Aynsley. Gold rimmed and in excellent condition with only very tiny drop outs in the gold edging giving any indication as to its age. Please note the dark mark on the pattern in the pictures has been removed and it now looks perfect. The backstamp though does have a deliberate scratch across it, invariably the sign that this is a factory second. Apart from the almost invisible wear to the gilding I can't see anything else to obviously warrant the designation but Aynsley quality control is/was exceptional and there must be something somewhere!

12cm x 13.5cm
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Vintage Summer Fruits Pin Tray - Honiton



Small light tan coloured pin tray or ashtray by Honiton Pottery. It features a summer fruits design  with blackcurrants, raspberries and gooseberries. I think it was meant to be square but this one is a little offset and is very slightly lozenge shaped, which makes it a bit of a novelty.  In all other respects it's in excellent condition.

11cm x 11cm

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Set of Three Rustic Stoneware Goblets - John Bailey



Three lovely stoneware goblets by the Gloucestershire potter and artist, John Bailey. They are fairly vintage as the sticker bears a pre-1995 telephone number but are very contemporary in design and appearance. They are somewhat rustic, none of them are identical in shape or size. The glaze has been applied with abandon to the extent that on two it has pooled in the base of the bowls and has been marked, although not to their detriment. This and a small chip on one rim (back right goblet) and another very small chip on the underside of the base of another are the only faults and otherwise they look very impressive.

Each goblet: 16cm x 10cm approx

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Small Studio Pottery Sgraffito Demitasse or Mug




Lovely waisted small demi tasse sized mug or espresso mug. It has a blue and brown panel on each side with sgraffito "tree" marks. There is a mark on the base but I cannot trace it. In super condition.

9cm x 6cm (h)

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Stoneware Hanging Wall Pocket - Tenmoku Malaysia



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Hanging stoneware wall pocket made by Tenmoku of Malaysia. It has a short orange cord hanger that is still good although probably not as vibrant as it used to be. In all other respects it's excellent and still has the QC sticker on the reverse.

13cm x 11cm x 2cm (Pocket approx 7cm x 7cm).
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Ceramic Oil Drizzler



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This is a new and unused pear shaped oil drizzler in a light olive coloured crackle glazed finish. It has a metal pourer and cork stopper. It has a mark, a smiling sun, but I am unable to trace this. It also bears a label around the stopper giving instructions on sealing the inside of the bottle. In obviously excellent condition.

18cm x 9cm
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