Dating remued pottery
At its best, Essexware stands tall even when compared to the best of the Boyds and Studio Anna.
For those interested in reading more about Essexware this is a a blog dedicated to the potteries, people and wares: Essexware Ponderings The blog is unique as it shows many photographs of the potters at work and play in the late 1950’s.
The absence of a shape number along with the distinctive colouring and less pronounced spout seem to point to a 1933/4 manufacture date.
This variant with a flat strap handle is not recorded on a quick e-mail to Peter Watson revealed this is not the first he has seen.
The piece was sold to me as an “Australian Pottery Pie Funnel” which made me chuckle a little I must admit.
I have seen a few for sale in the past and they have been described as Pastille Burners or ashtrays.
It’s great to be able to put a face to the name when so often in this area of collecting the name is all that remains.
Posted: February 13th, 2011at pm by Tim Tagged with Adele Durie, Australian Pottery, Beverley Bray, Diana Pottery, Essexware, Geoff Fords Encyclopedia of Australian Potter's Marks, Gordon Dunstan, Guy boyd, Irene Dunstan, Marjory Zabell, Martin Boyd, Norm Sherratt, Rudolf Planter, Studio Anna, Thomas Alban, Tony Priest, Wembley Ware Categories: Australian Pottery, Finds Comments: No comments One of the few old pieces of pottery I have purchased in my first year living in Tassie.
Standing just 9cm high and measuring 16cm from spout to handle this jug has a substantial look and feel despite it’s proportions.
Anyway, enough of all that and onto the topic of my first post in 3 months, Search Queries …
In reacquainting myself with the goings on of my website I was checking out the statistical data (number of hits, country of origin of the visitors, most popular articles etc).
According to Geoff Ford’s Encyclopedia of Australian Potter’s Marks (1st ed pg67); Essexware was started in 1945 (somewhere between 19 is more likely though) by Gordon and Irene Dunstan in Leura NSW.
The pottery was in operation until 1957 when it was completely destroyed by bushfire.
Our legacy goes back to 1877, when the first stoneware company was formed in Red Wing, at the sharpest navigable bend in the mighty Mississippi River.