Latest Buy: A Wedgwood Jar by Louise Powell

Anyone following my blog will have noticed a drop-off in posts and I think a drop-off in quality.

January has been a bit of a drag really, travel and schooling disrupted and so on, a lot of new projects to nurture, not least the 2010 – 2011 Wales Antiques Guide.

As well, I have been clearing out a lot of bits and pieces and selling some of them quite well in Steve Furness’s Newcastle Emlyn Antiques Centre. My stall, Number 23, is bursting mainly with things ‘Mid Century Modern‘ (20th century, that is). I hope to post more about this later and perhaps introduce you to the G Plan revolution!

For today I thought I’d post a recent find. Unremarkable in design (it’s pretty much a Chinese Ginger Jar shape), and decoration (silver lustre, nothing new there). It’s the monogram that matters. The painted mark of Louise Powell (ne Lessore, 1882-1956) is rather rare to find (or rather, rare to find in these parts!). Damaged as you can see and repaired, old style, with staples, presumably not long after it was bought in the 1920’s or 30’s.

It is a trifle compared with the Arts and Crafts work she produced with her husband Alfred Powell, but interesting nonetheless. Not a keeper but one to remember.

If you want to know more about Wedgwood in the 20th Century here are two superbly researched and illustrated books.

Wedgwood Ceramics 1846-1959. A New Appraisal. Most Lavishly Illustrated, With Some Colour-Plates

Ravilious and Wedgwood: The Complete Wedgwood Designs of Eric Ravilious

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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5 Responses

  1. Ian says:

    Fine pot and I recognise the winter ennui is more keen this year. Is that our age or the climate?

  2. It’s been hard to get out of mental hibernation, but the bulbs are showing and I see the hydreangas are greening…
    I think that the low light has had a lot to do with it.

  3. Phil David says:

    Hi Paul.I was scratching around in the darkness til I fell into the blinding light of your blog.Thanks for calling me “shrewd”…not an epithet I would award myself after coming out of dealing for 30 years with nothing but memories.Am trying to live in France but this entails labouring for my son in Brighton to gather enough euros for the summer of loving my vegetable garden.Will speak again.Regards to your parents….are the Finlays still about? Phil David.

  4. Good to hear from you Phil. Keith’s at home and reclusive but Val is needing constant care so is in a care home…
    Ma and Pa well though.
    Keep in touch

  5. I really enjoy reading your posts, i just used this website, as a way of giving away my unused seeds. Anyone know what I can sell them for? I have maybe 60 chrysanthemum seeds left.

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