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Pottery Aspirations


Although we have only recently instituted our ‘Pottery Gallery’ it is our desire this year to progress forward by augmenting our collection of antique English pottery. Being January the antique Slipware and Sussex pottery we so love is a bit thin on the ground, but we shall be searching high and low in the next few months to purchase pots interesting in design, colour and form.
Though we are currently fortunate possessing a number of special pieces of Antique English Slipware we are just as keen to buy items in the lower price range – as our Kingdom still appears overcast with economic malaise and it remains a fact of life [although times are gradually improving]  it is still easier to sell something under £1000.00 than over it!


Changes to Call Me Naive Website



For those of you reading this who did not have the advantage of receiving last weeks newsletter, we would like to point out the
changes to our website.

Firstly we now have a dedicated pottery gallery where we will exhibit English Creamware and English Polychrome Delftware beside the English Slipware and Sussex Pottery we specialise in. There is also now a dedicated Picture Gallery where we will continue to exhibit the Antique Naive Paintings we are so fond of. Folk Art and items of English Country Furniture along with Antique
Treen, Antique Pewter, Antique Needlework, Antique Oak Furniture, Antique Oak Carvings and Naive Works of Art will now all be exhibited on our main gallery. We are anticipating that these changes will facilitate easier navigation of our website.

Lastly I would like to bid our readers and customers a very prosperous and Happy New Year.

New Pottery Gallery

We are thrilled to announce that next week we will have a new pottery gallery on our website dedicated to Antique English Pottery.
This new gallery will concentrate on items of English Slipware and Sussex Pottery in particular.
Set aside are a number of new items to celebrate this event. Included amongst these riches are a large candlestick 14″ high. A rustic agate tobacco jar. A Turnip Money-box and a superb carpenters bag in absolutely perfect condition, which was produced by Caroline Mitchell at the Belle Vue Pottery, Rye at the end of the 19th century.

In the future our ‘Main Gallery’ will exhibit Antique Country Furniture, period Oak and examples of British Folk Art which may include Antique needlework, antique pewter, antique treen and antique leatherware. We will also have a new picture gallery which will exhibit our collection of naive paintings.
We would like to take this opportunity of wishing all our readers and customers a Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Antique Sussex Pottery

Admittedly it shouldn’t be legal to be able to mention the C-word before December – so I won’t – but for those of you looking for gifts we do have a number of items in the £500 range or less! Including:-

A Sussex Spirit Flask at £585

A Sussex Salt-Kit at £595

A Sussex Beaker and Saucer at £220

A Sycamore Dairy Stool £590

A Treen Peaseware Jar £585

A Donyatt Pottery Basket £390

A Treen Lemon Squeezer £460

& Finally a painting from our Exhibition called ‘A View On the River Barle’ which is only £495.

Acquisitions of Sussex Pottery

The Gods of Pots have seen fit to favour me with a small group of Sussex Pottery and principal among ‘These Gifts’ is an important documentary -Rye Flagon- inscribed and dated ‘Moses Roots Sept. 1846’ These Deity’s naturally aware of my predilection for rhymes have bestowed upon this flagon amongst a galaxy of stars, all conceived in printers type the following lines :-

Steal not this bottle dishonest friend,
For fear the gallows should be your end,
But if you do may conscience say,
Take back the bottle you stole away:

This is an exceptional and important piece of Sussex Pottery elaborately decorated and enriched with Rhyme and stars and green Jeweling. A pot we feel privileged to be the temporary custodians of.

An exceedingly pretty and early -Spirit Flask- has also wheedled its way into our affections, of circular form it has a radiating pattern composed of verigated clays and is heavily daubed with iron particles, combined together these features create a lovely golden hue. This swirling pattern it bears is normally associated with one of the -Burgess Hill- Potteries.

Also purchased was a small – agate beaker- and matching -saucer- which was most probably made at -Benjamim Ware and Sons- Pottery at Uckfield.

The final piece is an extremely rare -Slipware Honey Jar- with Scraffito decoration which I believe emanates from the Silver Hill or High Halden Potteries. It is conceived in the naturalistic/rustic style popularized by John Pelling who was the foreman at the Silver Hill Works. Though his work was mostly unglazed he did produced glazed pieces as well. Interestingly he had married the owners daughter [Polly Tree] in 1851 and a romantic legend recalls that his rustic tree-bark style was developed in homage to her!
This particular pot has a label beneath it that says:-

Sussex Slipware Honey Pot
Circa 1860. cost 20/- 4-10-54
G.H. Clarke

This pot has an irregular shaped slab built lid which although original would seem to rule it out as a Tobacco Jar and leads me to believe that it could in fact be as categorized on the label -A Sussex Honey Pot-