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Buying Troika Pottery – A Guide To Troika Pottery Shapes

Troika Pottery is extremely popular with collectors worldwide. If you’re just starting your collection you’ll probably be surprised at all the different styles and shapes of pieces available. Here’s our simple guide to buying Troika Pottery where we’ll show you just a few of the Troika shapes our there and available to collectors!

Some of the smaller Troika shapes available:

Troika St Ives Glazed Slab Vase Collectable Troika Marmalade Vase By Judith Illsley Troika Cube Vase - Jane Fitzgerald Early Troika St Ives Wheel Vase - Honor Curtis

Smooth Glazed Small Slab / Spill vase, Troika Marmalade vase, Troika Cube vase & Troika Small Wheel vase

The Smooth Glazed Spill vase is a small vase completely glazed inside and out. They can be found with flower head designs, stylised flowers or even cartwheels decorated on to them. This example is a St Ives piece dating pre-1970.

The Marmalade vase is a popular Troika vase among collectors. It has four textured sides and a glazed rounded top with the inside always glazed white. The vase can be found with different patterns, colours and styles so the collecting options on this shape are endless!

The Troika Cube vase is slightly bigger than the Troika Marmalade but doesn’t have the rounded top – it is completely open once again with a white glazed inner. As with the Marmalade vases Cube vases can be found with different patterns and colourways by different Troika decorators so you’re not short on collecting options!

The Troika Wheel vase comes in a range of sizes – the smallest (pictured above) is approximately 12cm tall. The vase is wheel in shape with a small opening at the top – they’re a very nice Troika vase being quite delicate. You’re also able to find wheel vases from the earlier St Ives period (as the one pictured here is) as well as from the Newlyn period of the pottery giving you another angle on your collection!

Mid-Size  to Large Troika Pottery Vases:

Troika Coffin Vase - Troika Decorator Louise Jinks Troika Pottery Tall Rectangular Vase

Troika Coffin vaseTroika Rectangular vases

The Troika Coffin vase is a very popular vase among collectors. It’s a sturdy vase standing approximately 17cm tall and is always decorated with a textured outer and white glazed inner. The patterns and style of decorations vary hugely so there is always a different patterned vase out there to find!

The Troika Rectangular vase is a larger vase than the Coffin vase standing approximately 23cm tall. This shape of vase was made by the Troika Pottery throughout the time they were at St Ives and in Newlyn so you can find early examples of this vase for sale. The earlier vases don’t have the abstract decoration styles of the Newlyn vases but have an attractiveness typical of the St Ives period.

Other Troika Pieces:

Troika Dish - A Square Rimmed Ashtray By Alison Brigden Troika Wheel Lamp Base - Jane Fitzgerald

Troika Square Rimmed Ashtray & Troika Lamp Bases

The Troika square rimmed ashtrays are more like square dishes – they have a deep center and over-hanging rim. They come in several sizes and are often styled with abstract patterns with glazed areas finishing the decoration. They’re a very nice dish – a change to a vase!

Troika made a whole range of lamp bases from tall rectangular pieces, smaller cube ones to a whole range of different sized wheel lamp bases. They come with a range of styles and designs in different colourways painted by different Troika decorators so the collecting choices once again are endless!

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Looking For A Piece of Troika St Ives Pottery? Read On…

The Troika Pottery started off in St Ives in Cornwall, England in 1963. The pottery then moved from St Ives to a new base in Newlyn in 1970. For collectors of the early St Ives pieces we have a wide selection of pieces for sale, here’s a small selection:

Troika St Ives Smooth Glazed Vase  Troika St Ives Marmalade Vase - Anne Lewis  St Ives Troika Pottery Rectangular Vase - Anne Lewis  Troika St Ives Wheel Vase - Honor Curtis

Troika St Ives Smooth Glazed vase, early Troika Marmalade vase, Troika St Ives Rectangular vase & an early Troika Wheel vase

The first Troika vase pictured here is an early smooth glazed spill vase from the Troika pottery. This vase is completely glazed with the outside being in a vibrant blue colour and the inside a bright white gloss. It has the stamped Troika St Ives pottery mark on its base dating. Click here for more pictures…

The second Troika vase pictured above is an early Troika Marmalade vase. This Troika vase has been decorated by Anne Lewis in an oatmeal brown finished with a deep blue glazed rounded top. Click here for more pictures…

The third Troika vase above is an early Troika St Ives Rectangular vase. This Troika vase has been decorated by Sylvia Vallence and dates c1967-1969. It has a style of decoration typical of the early Troika period – dark colours with incised abstract patterns. Click here for more pictures…

The final vase is an early Troika St Ives Pottery small wheel vase with a very striking pattern on both sides that has been enhanced with small areas of glaze to the decoration. Decorated by Honor Curtis this early Troika vase dates c1969-1970. Click here for more pictures…

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New Stock – Troika Pottery Cylinder Vases For Sale

Two new additions to the Perfect Pieces Troika pottery section are these superb Troika Cylinder vases:

Troika Shouldered Cylinder Vase - Honor Curtis Troika Cylinder vase - Alison Brigden

Troika Shouldered Cylinder & Troika Cylinder vase

The first and largest Troika vase pictured here is a Troika shouldered cylinder vase. This vase decorated by Honor Curtis is a lovely example with deep colouring and contrasting pattern decoration. Click here for more details and further pictures…

The second smaller vase picture above is also called a small Troika Cylinder vase – obviously named because of its shape! This Troika vase is slighter smaller and has no shouldered top. It has been decorated by Alison Brigden. Click here for more details and further pictures…

We have a wide range of Troika Pottery for sale including Troika Coffin vases, Troika Marmalade vases and some stunning Troika lamp bases.

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Large Troika Pottery Rectangular Vases – Honor Curtis & Teo Bernatowitz

If you’re looking for a classic Troika pottery vase then why not take a look at the two new Troika rectangular vases recently added to the Perfect Pieces website? We have examples from the St. Ives period and the slightly later Newlyn period.

The first vase shown above is an early Troika rectangular vase with an unusual pattern, dating to c1969-1970. Decorated by the well-known Honor Curtis this vase displays a temple design on one side and an abstract face design on another.

The second Troika vase above dates slightly later, c1974, when the pottery were based in Newlyn in Cornwall. This vase has been decorated by Teo Bernatowitz who only worked at the pottery for around 18 months c1974, making her work quite collectable.

For further information on both these vases and the other Troika vases we have in stock please visit out Troika pottery section – click here.

Rare & Unusual Troika St Ives Pottery Rectangular Vase

If you’re looking for a nice piece of Troika ware from the St. Ives period then take a look at our Troika Pottery section as we have just added a superb Troika St Ives Rectangular vase with a really unusual design.


This Troika vase is called a rectangular vase and belongs to the textured range that the pottery produced. It has the earlier Troika St Ives pottery mark indicating it is an early vase made when the pottery was based in St. Ives (1960-1970). This particular example has been decorated by Honor Curtis who worked at the pottery from 1968 until 1973. She used the mark on this vase from 1969 onwards so we can date this vase to c1969-1970.

It has been decorated with a brown base with the decoration on some sides being picked out in creams, deep browns and whites with part-glazed sections. On one side it has the Temple pattern, which is very similar to the Troika Taj Mahal pattern, and on another side it has an abstract face design picked out in brown and white glaze.

For further pictures and information on this striking Troika vase please – click here. Do remember of you have an questions or are looking for a particular piece of Troika pottery then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Unusual Cornish White Troika Pottery Cylinder Vase

New to our Troika Pottery section is an unusual Troika Pottery Cylinder vase decorated with a white base and unusual blue and orange Aztec type pattern around the body of the vase.

This Troika vase belongs to the Cylinder range of vases that the Troika pottery produced. They produced a range of different sizes of Cylinder Vase including also a rounded top vase. This particular Troika vase stands around 5.75″ tall.

All Troika prices include FREE UK Postage & Packaging and items are sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery so delivery is guaranteed next working day delivery – perfect for those looking for a last minute gift!

If you have any questions or are looking for a particular Christmas gift please don’t hesitate to get in touch.