May's Newsletter

April has flown by and I hope that May finds you all well. Sorry this newsletter is slightly late, travel and fairs have conspired against us getting this out on time this month.

Interesting New Stock

We didn't have many fairs in April, so we made the most of the free time to spend a lot of time out and about buying, and managed to find some interesting new pieces, covering a fairly wide collecting spectrum.

The late 1930s were a turbulent time for the British Royal family, as Edward VIII chose to abdicate to pursue his relationship with the American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Our feature piece this month provides a musical reminder of this unusual event. A Fieldings Crown Devon musical Edward VIII Coronation Superjug, also known as the Abdication jug.

The Crown Devon Superjug shape was larger and more ornate than the standard jug and this lion-handled example stands a full 12 inches tall. Only 1500 were made, all of them numbered, and this example is number 43 and is further distinguished by the addition of the word Abdicated, together with the abdication date - only some of the jugs have this marking. You can see plenty of photos of this rare piece on our website here - it is in full working order and plays the national anthem.

Crown Devon Fieldings 1937 Edward VIII Coronation Abdication Muscial Superjug

One of our other favourites this month is an understated but charming early Poole CSA (Carter, Stabler & Adams) jug. Click here for further pictures. This grey glazed piece, dating 1922-25, is a fairly early example of Carter, Stabler & Adams work and is in shape 301, decorated in the KZ pattern. This geometric pattern shows echoes of the designs of James Radley Young, who was instrumental in designing some of Poole's earliest decorative wares in the 1900s.

An early example of the red-bodied earthenware that became better known in the late 1920s, this Poole piece is distinguished from these later pieces by a much more understated pattern, and by having been covered with a pale grey glaze, rather than the clear glaze over white slip that CSA started to use from the late 1920s.

Poole Carter Stabler Adams Grey Glazed Jug Pattern KZ 301, c1922-1925

Our final highlight this month is a lovely early 1930s Maling lustre bowl. Although collectable, Maling's 1950s lustre wares are relatively easy to come by, whereas good examples of Maling's 1930s lustre pieces are much harder to find. Maling first introduced these high quality lustre wares in the late 1920s, and these early pieces represent the artistic and technical talents of Maling's most famous designer, Lucien Boullemier, who joined Maling in 1926. Boullemier's time in charge of design at Maling brought some of their most successful and enduring decorative wares, and this piece exhibits some of his favoured techniques - fine gilding, richly coloured decoration, and the easily recognisable waved lustre background.

This small bowl dates c1932-34 and is decorated with the Peony pattern on a green lustre ground (pattern 5855). Although this piece is only small, its rich colours and fine gilding capture the stylish elegance of Maling's early lustre pieces - click here to see more.

Maling Lustre Peony Green Bowl Pattern 5855, c1932-34

Fair Update

On the fair front, we have just been at Jaguar Fair's Derby University event over the weekend of the 6/7th May, and will be in our usual spot against the far wall near the cafe at the Harrogate fair at the Great Yorkshire Showground this coming Friday - Sunday (12th - 14th May). See our Fairs Page for more details of the two events and June's fairs.

That's all for this month, as always feel free to drop by our stall at any of our fairs or send us an e-mail if there is anything we can help you with.

Best wishes,

Perfect Pieces


Here you'll find a list of our past newsletters. They feature information on different potteries, some of our featured stock and information on antique fairs and general news from the antique and collectors world!

Happy reading!