It’s harder than you might think to produce a unique and useful reference guide, but I believe that Ian Newton has done exactly that with his book Crown Ducal Snow Glaze.
It’s an A5-size, 52-page guide to the ‘snow glaze’ pottery designs produced by Charlotte Rhead for A.G. Richardson from 1935 to 1939 and sold under the Crown Ducal Ware branding.
The majority of the book is taken up with an illustrated guide to all known snow glaze patterns. These are listed in numerical order, and each pattern is illustrated — where the author was unable to find a photo, he has digitally recreated the pattern for collectors to use as a guide.
Unlike some books of this type, Crown Ducal Snow Glaze is printed on high quality glossy paper, is well laid out, and the photos are sharp and accurately reproduced, making them a pleasure to browse.
For anyone who collects or trades in Charlotte Rhead’s snow glaze designs, this book is an essential reference guide and well worth the modest purchase price. Highly recommended.
For more information or to buy a copy of Crown Ducal Snow Glaze, visit www.rhead-crownducal.info.
Book title: Crown Ducal Snow Glaze Tableware and Decorative Pottery
Author: Ian Newton
Format: A5 paperback, 52 pages
Price: £9.50 (£10.70 inc. UK P&P)
If you’re looking for a pottery vase that’s impressive in both size and design, then take a look at this small selection of what we at Perfect Pieces currently have for sale.
Stylish in design and reputation, Wedgwood’s Keith Murray’s pieces are becoming more collectable as people are looking for modern pieces to suit their modern lifestyles. We currently have this stunning Keith Murray designed Shoulder Vase for sale in our Wedgwood pottery section.
Standing just over 11″ tall, it’s an impressive piece and is decorated in the classic Moonstone white glaze. The modern design of this vase allows it to sit happily in any surroundings – especially modern homes. Click here for further details.
If you’re looking for something more colourful, then why not take a look at this vibrant Crown Ducal Ware vase?
This large Crown Ducal Ware ovoid vase stands just over 10″ tall, has a ribbed body that has been decorated with a bright stylised flower-head pattern. It would fit even the largest bunch of flowers! For further pictures and information – click here.
Another interesting and unusual piece is this stoneware Ruskin pottery vase. Known for the quality and innovation of its glazes, Ruskin was a leading British art pottery in the early 20th century, but its wares were only ever produced in relatively limited numbers.
This extremely heavy Ruskin stoneware vase has been decorated in tones of blue and grey and stands approximately 9″ tall. With a light speckled decoration this Ruskin vase is simple in pattern and design but like all Ruskin, is beautifully proportioned and benefits from a fantastic glaze. Click here for further pictures.
I hope this examples will provide you with some inspiration and a few ideas as to what’s available. Do remember if you have any questions or are looking for a specific item then do let us know to see if we can help.
You may have seen our June Newsletter detailing the work of Charlotte Rhead and how she became a master of tube-lining. You’ll be familiar with the style – patterns are outlined using liquid clay, as we described in the Newsletter “rather like icing a cake”!
To illustrate her technique I’ve included some that are currently on eBay. You can always find examples of her work here and sometime some real gems come up for auction!
As with all pottery designers Charlotte Rhead designed many patterns some more collectable than others. It isn’t just the pattern that can affect an items value though, its shape and also pottery mark can play an important role. If at all posssible I’d always suggest trying to obtain pieces that have her signature mark on the base – some pieces even though they are Charlotte Rhead patterns don’t have this.
Always, be sure to check the piece over so you’re confident about it’s condition and are aware of any faults it may have before you purchase. With eBay always feel free to ask the seller questions about the item before you bid. If a seller is unhelpful or doesn’t answer be weiry about bidding, while there are lots of decent sellers on eBay there are also some roque traders.