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Carlton Ware Rouge Royale Stork Bowl

In our Carlton Ware pottery section we currently have a splendid Carlton Ware Rouge Royale three-footed bowl decorated in the superb New Stork pattern.

This vibrant Carltonware bowl measures 9″ in diameter and while its size makes it a perfect fruit bowl, I wouldn’t advise it! The pattern has been carefully applied on the inside of the rouge bowl in gilt and enamels enabling it be displayed at its best.

On its base it has the Carlton Ware script pottery mark as well as the Rouge Royale pottery mark. It can be dated to the late 1930’s – its three curled legs displaying Art Deco characteristics.

To see further details and images of this lovely vibrant bowl, please – click here.

Crown Devon – The unearthed treasure

Often overlooked in favour of pieces produced by the Carlton Ware pottery, Crown Devon really is a hidden gem. One of the premier potteries of its time, the Crown Devon pottery from Stoke-on-Trent produced high-quality decorative wares as well as everyday use tableware for more than a century – originally starting out in the late 1870’s.

Their decorative ranges covered lustre and matt glazed wares, and musical novelty items including tankards, jugs and cigarette boxes. It also produced a large range of novelty animals and figurines.

This particular piece of Crown Devon pottery is a particularly fine example of the pottery’s matt-glazed wares. The hand-painted pattern depicts a galleon sailing on rough seas and both sides of the jug are fully decorated with large ships. The matt-glazed range was produced in relatively small numbers during the 1930s and 1940s and included some of Crown Devon’s finest decorative output. This large, galleon-pattern vase is superb and easily the equal of similarly decorated Carlton Ware pieces.

For more pieces of pottery from the Crown Devon factory – click here.

Rare Carlton Ware Devils Copse Vase, Pattern Number 3787

The Carlton Ware pottery from Stoke on Trent produced some stunning designs such as this – pattern number 3787 Devil’s Copse. An intricate and art deco pattern with fine gilding and enamelling all over the body of the vase.

Dating from probably around the mid-1920s to the 1930s this vase is from a period where Carlton Ware were excelling with their designs – some of which are hugely collectable today.

This seller provides a fair description about the vase with lots of photographs that can be enlarged so you can get a pretty good idea about its condition. Remember to ask any questions you have about it before the end of the auction, it’s always better to be completely sure about a piece before you commit to buying it. It also gives you a chance to communicate with the seller so you can be sure exaclty who you are buying from!

Carlton Ware Not To Miss @ The NEC!

There is going to be an interesting display of Carlton Ware pottery at the July (24th – 27th July 2008) Antiques For Everyone Antiques Fair at the NEC in Birmingham this year.

The Antiques For Everyone fairs are held three times a year – Spring, Summer and Winter, and offer the visitor vetted and datelined antiques from over 350 exhibitors.

Dr Czes Kosniowski and Yvonne Kosniowski, renowned Carlton Ware experts, will de displaying 500 pieces from their private collection. It’s bound to be truly spectacular and definitely worth visiting.

For full details of the fair and the exhibition, please see antiquesforeveryone.co.uk.

New Carlton Ware – It Is Still Being Made!

Although it’s not widely known (or seen), the Carlton Ware brand has been resurrected in recent years by well-known collectables publisher Francis Joseph.

Examples of the company’s new wares can be found on it’s website, www.carltonwaredirect.com and they also offer a newsletter (free initially, but then you have to make a purchase or subscribe for £35 per year…).

I haven’t seen much of this new Carlton Ware around on the secondary market yet – which isn’t surprising, as it is being made in extremely low volumes. This means you can at least be assured of exclusivity if you do buy any of these pieces.

The designs available are a mixture of licensed version of timeless classics – such as the Golliwog and the children’s designs of Mabel Lucie Attwell – and genuinely new designs, mostly by Marie Graves, a ceramic artist based in Stoke on Trent. Many of the shapes, however, are clearly freshened versions of old designs.

If you’re interested in Carlton Ware then it is well worth taking a look, although to me, these wares don’t seem to be being made or marketed intensively enough for Carlton Ware to take a significant place in the market again.

Useful Websites No. 3: CarltonWare.com

Carlton Ware is undoubtedly one of the more popular potteries amongst the visitors to this website, and with good reason.

During nearly 100 years of production, the company produced some wonderful pieces – from Art Deco to Chinoiserie to tableware. Unfortunately, Carlton Ware didn’t always keep very good records of their shapes and patterns – or if they did, they’ve got lost since!

As luck would have it, there are some very dedicated collectors out there who have gathered together a vast amount of information on Carlton Ware and put it together into two extremely useful books and a website.

CarltonWare.com is run by Dr Czes & Yvonne Kosniowski – two extremely expert and dedicated Carlton Ware enthusiasts. Thanks to a combination of careful research and obsessive collecting, they have built up what must be the world’s most comprehensive database of Carlton Ware patterns and shapes.

Obviously this is too good to give away completely for free – but what they have done is combine books and the internet in a very effective way.The Kosniowskis have published two extremely useful books:

The way it works is simple – you just have to enter a piece of text from a certain page of one of the books – then you get full access to that section of the website.

To get online access to CarltonWare.com’s complete Carlton Ware pattern database, you need a copy of the Pocket Guide – an excellent book which we own and use regularly. This also gives you limited access to the shapes database.

To get full online access to CarltonWare.com’s database of shapes, you need a copy of the Carlton Ware Catalogue & Price Guide.

Although you do have to buy at least one of the Kosniowski’s books to be able to use their website, the books (especially the Pocket Guide) are really good and an essential tool for anyone interested in collecting, buying or selling Carlton Ware. Our copy of the Pocket Guide is incredibly well used and there is no better way of identifying Carlton Ware patterns.

Of course, if you want a more limited but completely free resource to get you started, you can take a look at the Carlton Ware Price Guide section of our site – which includes photos, full details and sale prices of all the Carlton Ware we have sold in recent years.

The Kosniowskis also run a VIP membership section which provides a regular, free Carlton Ware newsletter and notification of updates to their website. The newsletter never fails to include some great Carlton Ware pictures – it’s worth signing up for that alone!

Perfect Pieces in Antiques Info Magazine

We received a pleasant surprise in the post this morning – the latest (May/June) edition of Antiques Info magazine, containing another of our articles and a selection of photographs from our archives.

The article is “20th Century Ceramics: Are We Exporting Our Legacy?”,  and takes a look at current collecting trends for Carlton Ware and Wedgwood lustre wares, observing how many of the finer examples of these pieces are presently being sold to overseas collectors.

The article has been well-illustrated with a range of photos from our archives and those of Antiques Info, and this is always one of the more interesting antiques magazines on the market, with lots of good quality information. It’s well worth a look if you are passing a newsagents.

We should have one or two more articles appearing in various antiques and collectable magazines in coming months – I’ll post updates here as and when they are published as the dates aren’t all fixed yet.