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