There are few better known names in British Art Deco pottery than Clarice Cliff. Together with her Bizarre Girls, she dominated the market for Art Deco pottery in the 1930s. In Clarice Cliff, Will Farmer tells the story of Clarice Cliff and her work.
A passionate Clarice Cliff fan himself, Will Farmer will be familiar to many readers as an 20th century decorative arts expert on the Antiques Roadshow. In Clarice Cliff, he provides the reader with an illustrated tour of Clarice Cliff’s life and her work, explaining how the combination of her original design skill and flair combined with Newport Pottery’s powerful marketing machine to create a sensation that remains potently impressive today.
Clarice Cliff itself is an A5 format glossy paperback that is filled with photographs of some of Clarice Cliff’s finest work. Will Farmer’s enthusiasm for the pottery is infectious and his expert knowledge is genuine, making Clarice Cliff a very easy read and an excellent introduction to the lady and her work.
The January/February 2009 edition of the Antiques Info magazine is now out and features another 20th Century ceramics feature article by Roland Head this time looking at the works of the infamous Clarice Cliff.
The edition’s article is illustrated with many interesting photographs of pieces of Clarice Cliff and is well worth a read through.
The Antiques Info magazine features a range of other information including recent auction results and an antique fair diary – always handy to have! It’s published 6 times a year (every two months) and is available at most good newsagents.
To see further information about this magazine please see the Antiques Info website for full details of all the services they offer.
Anyone with an interest in Art Deco ceramics might want to consider making a beeline for Stourbridge at the end of May.
Well-known Stourbridge auctioneer Fieldings is putting on an exhibition of work by designers such as Clarice Cliff, Keith Murray, Poole’s Carter, Stabler & Adams and Lenci at its auction house on Mill Race Lane from Thursday 29th May to midday on Saturday 31st May.
The exhibition has been planned to coincide with Fieldings hosting the first official Clarice Cliff Collectors Club auction ever to take place outside London – something of a coup for the auctioneer. The sale at Fieldings has nearly 300 lots and will begin at midday on Saturday 31st May, allowing plenty of time for anyone needing to travel to the auction.
Fieldings’ auctioneer Will Farmer will be known to many as one of the experts on the Antiques Roadshow. He’s excited about the exhibition and says: “It’s going to be a really rare exhibition, we’ve been building this for five months. Collectors will be coming from all over the country and everybody in Stourbridge can come and see this.”
The Clarice Cliff auction promises to be exciting too and it will be interesting to see how prices are holding up in the current market.
Full details of the Clarice Cliff sale catalogue will be available on Fieldings’ website nearer the time.