The November 2013 Perfect Pieces newsletter is now out.
In this run up to Christmas issue we take a look at a few of the new pieces of stock we’ve added this last month in preparation for all that Christmas shopping! We also include full details of our last posting dates for Christmas 2014.
If you go out and about and visit Antique & Collectors fairs then do get in touch and give us your feedback on any you’ve visited. We’re always keen to hear what different antique fairs are like and always welcome feedback so we can publish your thoughts and suggestions of Antique Fairs worth visiting in future newsletters!
Each month on Perfect Pieces, we feature a single item from our stock on the home page, at a specially-discounted price that will only be available for a limited period.
This month’s featured item is an early Troika St Ives rectangular vase. This 8″ vase dates from Troika’s early period, when the pottery was based at Cornwall’s artistic hub, St Ives, and was handpainted by one of Troika’s earliest decorators, Sylvia Vallance. Vallance only worked at the pottery from 1967-69, enabling us to date this vase quite precisely.
(On the base of most pieces of Troika is a unique decorator’s mark that enables you to identify the artist who painted the piece. By combining the artist’s employment dates with the pottery marking, it’s often possible to date pieces quite accurately. You can see a large number of Troika markings on our Troika pottery marks page.)
This vase is quite unusual because it combines a popular shape — the rectangular vase — which was used right through the 1970s, with a much earlier style of decoration. The brown-black glaze used by Sylvia Vallance is a hallmark of early Troika that fell out of use soon after this piece was made, and while the body of the vase is patterned, it is much less three-dimensional than later examples, which often had substantial moulded decoration.
The vase offers a relatively rare opportunity to buy a good quality early piece of Troika that provides an interesting contrast with the more common and boldly-painted textured pieces. Pieces made during Troika’s St Ives period (1963-1970) are comparatively rare, making them an interesting addition to any Troika collection.
I’ve included some photographs below, but for larger pictures and full details of this piece, click here:
A Troika St Ives period rectangular vase, dating 1967-69 and decorated by Sylvia Vallance.
Are you thinking of buying some Troika? This eye-catching pottery has become a firm favourite with collectors in recent years, and you’ve probably seen it on TV or handled it at an antique fair or antique centre. The most popular type of Troika is its textured ware, which combines a textured finish with colourful, moulded designs. When it was new, it was considered to be very modern and unlike many antiques and collectables, Troika fits in really well with the style and design of modern homes, thanks to its abstract designs, bold colours and simple yet creative shapes.
We have a wide range of Troika for sale ranging from the smaller textured Troika Marmalade vases and Troika Cube vases to larger pieces such as the textured Troika Rectangular vases, which make really stylish display pieces.
A lesser-known type of Troika is the pottery’s smooth-glazed ware. This was one of the pottery’s early ranges and was made in quite low volumes, making it rarer today. It’s completely different in style to the textured ware, although it does use some of the same shapes.
Most pieces are based on a white glaze with green, blue or black decoration, as I’ve shown in the pictures below. Some unusual items are glazed completely in black, too!
We have a wide range of Troika Pottery for sale including some early Troika St Ives pieces. All of our Troika Pottery is genuine Troika made by the original pottery based in Cornwall, England, and dating between 1963-1983.
A new addition to the Perfect Pieces Troika Pottery section is this superb Troika Spice vase with blue glazed chimney top:
This is a genuine Troika Vase, as are all of our Troika Pottery pieces we have for sale. It has a textured body and a smooth glazed chimney top, and has been decorated by Louise Jinks. It can be dated to c1976-1981 when the pottery was based in Newlyn, in Cornwall, England. It has very appealing decorations on all sides – on one side it has the popular Tdesign. Click here to view more pictures of this lovely Troika vase.
We have a wide range of Troika for sale including early Troika St Ives pieces and some lovely larger pieces such as Troika Chimney vases and Troika Rectangular vases.
We’ve recently added a superb Troika Pottery Marmalade vase to the Perfect Pieces Troika Pottery section. This Troika vase is a marmalade vase with a deep blue glazed rounded top and very striking design.
This Troika vase has a really unusual pattern with a church with sun on one side and a crescent moon on another. It has been decorated by Alison Brigden who has really brought out the design in her use of colours with the church backed by a blue sky and blazing orange sun. Click here to see more pictures…
We have a wide range of Troika Pottery pieces for sale including Troika Coffin vases, Troika cube vases and early Troika St Ives pieces.
Decorated by Penny Black this is a very striking Troika Pottery vase with textured designs on the front and back and contrasting blue glazed sides. This vase has a minimalist pattern based on the circle motif used on some of the early Troika pieces. The abstract design has been highlighted with the use of contrasting colours making it overall a very striking piece of Troika from the c1970’s.
We have a wide range of Troika Pottery for sale including early St Ives pieces as well as some more unusual pieces such as Troika Egg Cups and Troika ashtrays.
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:
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…
Both these Troika vases are known as Troika Rectangular vases and stand approximately 23cm tall. The first is an earlier Troika vase dating from when the pottery was based in St Ives in Cornwall. It has the typical style of decoration from that period and has been decorated by Sylvia Vallence. Click here for furher information…
The second Troika vase is from when the pottery was based in Newlyn in Cornwall, from 1970 until 1983. This vase is more vibrant and textured in design a style seen throughout that period of the pottery. Click here for further information…