Friday, 25 February 2011

Mayo Art Pottery Figures #9

Really this one is a cry for help. I have had this this little cat for some time but have failed to find out anything about him ?

He is a tiny little thing 5cm high and about 3.5cm wide. He made from a dry looking white clay and decorated with hand painting. It is hollow cast which suggest a production item not a one off and it is marked "Mayo" and 12/6 O/S.

Pricing would suggest English or an old Empire country. Googling failed me here; no permutation of Mayo, Ceramic, Pottery, Cat etc brought up any hopeful leads for potters or ceramics artists.

However; Mayo, cat and artist did introduce me to Eileen Mayo and the linocut shown. An uncanny resemblance between the two, but by the same artist ?

Dame Eileen Rosemary Mayo (1906 - 1994)
She was an English born artist designer who lived and worked in England, Australia and New Zealand. Her Wiki entry lists all sort of mediums she worked in, but not pottery !!

She was born in Norwich and studied art at the Slade and the Central School of Arts and Crafts before attending the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in 1928 and learning about linocut printing under Claude Flight. In the same year she exhibited in the ‘First Exhibition of British Linocuts' at the Redfern Gallery. She continued exhibiting prints at the Redfern Gallery until her departure for Sydney in 1952.

In 1962 Mayo moved to Waimate where her mother was living. By 1965 Mayo was living in Christchurch where, apart from a period in Dunedin from 1972 to 1975, she remained until her death in 1994. She continued producing prints in Christchurch until 1985.

But are these the same artist ? Can any reader help?

Sept 2011 - Some help has been "commented" by anonymous who directed me to an article on the Tate Gallery website about Dame Eileen, where they state "She was primarily a printmaker, but also worked in a very wide range of other media, from tempura paintings to pottery". So perhaps we have a lead and closer to an attribution.

For more on Eileen Mayo - see
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