This week saw the sale of a large collection of mid century pottery. The type of pottery that often grabs the eye and draws you in due to it’s unusual forms and colours.
There’s probably a piece in most antique centres, at the car boot sale or even in your home. West German pottery has grown in popularity over the years and some of the large statement pieces can fetch high prices as works of art in their own right.
Although mass produced the glazing techniques and decoration employed allowed for a wide variety of designs and styles to emerge.
Made all over the West of Germany from 1949 up until 1989 it wasn’t just any one factory that produced the wares, some of the more important factories would mark their ceramics but the term West German pottery has now become a standard and used to cover the movement as a whole. Fat lava is one of the more striking and collectable glazes unmistakable for its mid century design and bright colours.
An impressive hand decorated 19th century porcelain tray marked Vienna and bearing beehive stamp in a gilt and gesso frame having decorated plaque roundals signed Fruhlingsreigen “A Song of Spring” painted with maidens in summer dress
A Lalique ‘levrier’ bowl signed and numbered R300, having repeat dog and foliate design
A selection of tea cup trios by Shelley late Foley in the Ashbourne pattern, Gainsborough design
A part Coalport ‘Countryware’ dinner service comprising teapots, plates,butter dish, servers etc
A late 19th century French brass striking carriage clock having bevelled glass sides and gallery,enamel face with central foliate decoration,Jacquemin Pechou inscribed to front