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Book Review: The Backstamps of Fielding’s Crown Devon, by Alan H. Roberts

The Backstamps of Fielding's Crown Devon by Alan H. Roberts

Backstamps are an essential aid to dating and identifying antique and collectable ceramics — but finding reliable and detailed information on pottery backstamps is often a challenge for both collectors and dealers.

Even in this digital age, books remain the best way to find this information and for Crown Devon collectors, one such book is The Backstamps of Fielding’s Crown Devon. This is a 30-page pamphlet written by long-time Fielding’s collector Alan Roberts, and published by the Fielding’s Crown Devon Collectors’ Club.

As the title suggests, The Backstamps is devoted solely to backstamps and is an excellent reference guide for anyone wanting to know about Fielding’s backstamps in comprehensive detail. Alan discusses the backstamps in considerable detail as well as providing many pictures of the different marks used. This book covers a wider range of Crown Devon marks than Godden’s Encylopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks and includes a few that are not included in Susan Hill’s most excellent Crown Devon: The History of S. Fielding & Co..

The Backstamps of Fielding’s Crown Devon is also very affordable, at just £3.50 including free UK postage. This really is a bargain for the amount of information provided and for anyone who is only interested in Crown Devon, it makes a far more sensible purchase than Godden’s £30+ encyclopaedia.

Usefully, this book also covers the backstamps used on new Crown Devon pottery, which is not Fielding’s but is sometimes sold as such — whether deliberately or due to the seller’s ignorance.

Highly recommended.

Book information:
Title: The Backstamps of Fielding’s Crown Devon
Author: Alan H. Roberts
Publisher: The Fielding’s Crown Devon Collectors’ Club
Price: £3.50 inc. UK P&P

To buy a copy, visit: www.fieldingscrowndevonclub.co.uk

Book Review: Art Deco Ceramics, by Greg Stevenson

Art Deco Ceramics by Greg Stevenson, published by Shire Books
The period between the First and Second World Wars was a time of great social change in Britain – a change which was reflected in the widespread popularity of the bold, bright, Modernist designs of the Art Deco movement. Art Deco Ceramics is an introduction to Art Deco British pottery and takes a look at the potteries and designers whose work is most valued by collectors today.

All the usual suspects are present (Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper, Wedgwood’s Keith Murray, Charlotte Rhead), as are a number of additional potteries that are sometimes unworthily excluded from these discussions. Art Deco Ceramics is a short book but author Greg Stevenson manages to include an impressive amount of important and useful information into its 40, A5-sized pages, making it a good introduction to the subject for new collectors.

This book pre-dates Shire Books’ fairly recent acquisition by Osprey Publishing and the presentation of the book betrays this. Although the book’s cover is in the company’s new style, the formatting of the pages is a little dated and the photos are not always of great quality, especially when compared to newer Shire titles such as Clarice Cliff.

None of this takes away from the quality of the information, however, which provides an excellent introduction to this popular area of collecting.

Buy Art Deco Ceramics direct from the publisher or on Amazon

Book Details

Title: Art Deco Ceramics
Author: Greg Stevenson
RRP: £4.99
Publisher: Shire Books
ISBN: 978-0-74780-378-2
Format: A5 paperback, 40 pages