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Football and Folk-Art

Rose Villa Shadow Box

Come June when the world goes flaming made for football, in fact on the very day the World Cup begins, we will be following in the footsteps of Tate Britain by holding an exhibition of British Folk art. Our own cache of treasures will be entitled:-

British Folk Art – a celebration:
Commencing 12th June our online exhibition will include selected folk art, antique country furniture and antique pottery. All items will be of museum quality and will have been sourced throughout the British Isles and all will be for sale.

There will be some exceptional antique treen –  some historically important antique bead-work – some curious and unusual country furniture – and some exceedingly rare English pottery:

In the meantime we will continuing updating our website with the best antique oak and country furniture we can find and replenishing our pottery gallery with the antique slipware and Sussex pottery we are so fond of.

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!


BRITISH FOLK ART – A Celebration

Beginning 12th June 2014 our on-line exhibition will include selected Folk Art, Furniture & Pottery items of museum quality from throughout the British Isles which will be for sale.

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.

Rye Flagon

Rye Flagon Sussex Pottery
Amongst our collection of Antique Sussex Pottery we have an important documentary Rye Flagon inscribed with the name Moses Roots and dated 1846. This pot would have been made at the Cadborough pottery, Rye by William Mitchell or one of his sons Frederick or Henry; it is inscribed underneath Rye pottery.

It is a known fact that these so called ‘ Harvest wares’ were filled with either beer or cider and on long hot summer days when there was arduous reaping to be done were taken to the field and used to quench the thirst of those working there.

Sometimes such vessels were borrowed from the local pub and some had witty rhymes inscribed upon them reminding the borrower that they needed to be returned at the end of the day. (This on behalf of the landlord was a creative way of drumming up business!)

My initial impression of our Flagon was that it was so elaborate that it must have had some sort of commemorative meaning. So it was a surprise to learn that Moses Roots was listed in the 1841 census as living in Wish Street, Rye where his occupation was given as an agricultural labourer.

Moses was married in Rye on the 21st July 1839 to Caroline Burchett who was the daughter of William Burchett. They had a daughter Victoria Harriett Roots who was born in 1840 – Moses died in 1854.

Donyatt Puzzle Jug

Although nobody knows when the first puzzle-jugs were produced, pottery has certainly been made in the Donyatt area since the middle ages.

At the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge where they have a substantial collection of Antique English Pottery there is a puzzle-jug of exactly the same form as ours but dated 1571.

If one considers the vast amount of puzzle- jugs that have been made over the centuries this fact in itself illustrates the affection in which they are held by an eccentric, carousing and gameful  English public.

Naïve pottery embellished with scraffito decoration of flowers, trees and birds is how we recognised ‘Donyatt’. Our pot continuing this tradition has not only paired tulips and a bird but its original spout too! It is further enhanced upon its shoulder with a favourite rhyme:-

When this you see remember me

And bear me in your mind

While I am seldom at your house

Speak of me as you find:


This jug was made for William Hurford of the historic Hurford family and is inscribed to its front in a square reserve

W. Hurford  – June 2nd –  1827

It has remained within that family its entire existence and been passed down by decent, until our purchase.

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-