When it comes to collecting Poole Pottery there’s a whole range of collecting areas from the bright and vibrant Poole Delphis range, to the slighter more toned Poole Aegean range, to the earlier and traditional styles of the Carter, Stabler & Adams pieces.
Poole Aegean Spear Dish, Poole Freeform Planter, Poole Traditional Vase
Which one you collect might depend on several things such as do you want a truly decorative collection or would you like to actually use pieces from it? Will the vibrant designs of the Delphis range sit happily within your home? Do you prefer older items – the Carter, Stabler & Adams pieces are typical of the Art Deco and pre-Art Deco period or do you like more modern items such as the clean lines of the Freeform designs?
To help you decide or if you’re looking to extend your current collection try having a look through our current collection of Poole Pottery – here.
We have recently added a rather stunning Poole Pottery Freeform range lamp base to our site.
The collectability of the Freeform range from Poole is probably partly due to its simple stylish designs and clean lines. Their sturdiness allows these pieces to be used as they were meant to be – vases, fruit bowls and lamps – meaning the collector can enjoy their item on a practical level as well as decoratively.
This large lamp-base has been decorated with the PRB pattern that was designed by Alfred Read in the 1950s. It is shape number 700A and stands an impressive 11″ tall and that’s without a shade! With all the Poole Pottery marks to the base it is a lovely example.
If you have any further questions about this piece don’t be afraid to ask us!
I came across an interesting article today about Guy Sydenham, one of Poole’s best-known 20th century designers and head of design at Poole Pottery from 1966-1977. Particularly well-known for his Freeform designs, he also was responsible for the increasingly-popular Atlantis range, as well as much other work.
The commercial pressures of working at Poole eventually took their toll on him, and it was to his own studio that he retreated. A recent exhibition at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester showcased a mixture of his own work and that from his time at Poole, and the Poole Room blog has an excellent write-up of the exhibition, including photos of some of the more unusual pieces that were on display.