Welcome to part 2 of my continuing series on the art pottery and novelties made at the Bourne Denby pottery. Today I will concentrate on their finest range, the tubeline lined wares.
Over the years it has always surprised me that the tubeline wares made at Bourne Denby have been over looked even by quite serious Denby collectors. They can be very fine decorative designs, especailly the more art nouveau flowing floral patterns like "Celtic" "Medic" and "Bamford". These pieces are from the Danesby Decorated Stoneware range dating to the mid 1920's. It's introduction seems to coinside with year in which Albert Colledge was promoted to be in charge of the decorating shop. They exhibited at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924, producing a special paperweight in the form of a globe on the backs of four lions, with tubeline writing around the base. An Eric pattern vase c1925 is shown on the right.
One possibly reason for it's lack of recognition is the absence of clear marking. Unlike later "Danesby Ware" these early art pots are largely unmarked, often only an impressed letter can be seen on their underside. Never the less; they are distinctive when you have the "knowledge" and the Denby stoneware clay should give a good clue.
Other firm producing tubeline decorative pottery include, William Moorcroft, the Rhead family, Royal Doulton, Cauldon Cairo Ware and Minton's Seccessionist Wares.