Friday, 23 October 2015

The Last Post

Just a short note to everyone who has followed or read this blog over the years that I have posted.

I regret that I have not been able to be motivated to find or research new material. I feel that I have already covered many of the subjects that I have any empathy with and I have now found that I am simply going over old subjects, often only repeating the research of other bloggers.

So ...... for now this will be my last post ... no trumpets, though.

... and for a final picture, here is a lovely wood engraving that I found earlier in the year. This one is by Charles William Taylor (1875/8 -1960) and titled "Findon Farm". I have it hanging over my desk as I type this. For more information on this artist, see Modern Printmakers Blog - HERE

Friday, 24 July 2015

Pottery Mystery -- HELP

Here is a another recent purchase that I need help identifying.

... more modern stuff ??

As you can see from the mark, this was made in Italy and also seems to have a makers ? mark of I/R. Other than that, there is nothing more I know about this vase, with out just guess work.
It feels "post war modern", the glazes used are finely fired and the colours bright and fresh, quite a cheerful pot, unlike British studio pottery which is generically gloomy and brown. The painted "ITALY" mark is not unusual, as it is seen on many pots by many different makers, such as Bitossi or Fratelli Fanciullacci.
So.... if you know any thing about this... then please leave a comment.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Valcera - Art Pottery From Switzerland

I found this pottery handled vase or ewer the other day -- a complete mystery to me. Slightly out of my period, as it looks post war "moderne", but some how attractive being decorated with a matt cream coloured glaze with hand painting in greens. The naïve stylisation of the prancing horse and trees or bushes can only add to it's charm.

But who made it ? There is a hand painted word on the underside together with some number, both painted over some words moulded in to the pot. I could not quite read the moulded marks but the painted word clearly read "Valiera" - or did it.


.... and after a few internet searches I realized that it wasn't Valiera but (as googled corrected me) Valcera, a pottery from Switzerland and possibly by "Mark Valcera" as stated by Invaluable and on Pinterest. However, before I went on the state with authority that my pot was by this Mark, I decided to search a bit deeper and try and find an source material.

Several auction houses have stated that similar works are by "Mark Valcera" including W H Peacocks, who sold several impressive lots of this pottery in 2014 (see picture above and below). Quoted productions dates included, 1950's, 1960's, 1940'-80's and 1960's-80's - not definitive.

Despite my best efforts, I am struggling to find any "facts" about this pottery although with the assistance of Antikvarchik, I was able to decipher the faint moulded marks on the underside as "Valcera Valais". This assists in locating the pottery to a canton in southern Switzerland which borders Italy. Interestingly "Valcera" is a place in Italy, just south of the Venetian Lagoon, perhaps our mystery pottery is of Italian decent.

As you can probably guess, I am struggling to find any facts and ask for assistance from you.

At the time of posting this article, my pot is listed in my Etsy Gallery - Click Here To View


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Odeon Survives - But Only Just

Here is a follow up to a post I did a few years ago about the architectural highlights of a the Surrey town, Redhill - "Art Deco - Redhill Odeon". About one of the few interesting building in the town centre, which at that time was an unused derelict.

However, now it has been saved - how you wonder? Easy it's been knocked down; well most of it, to make way for a stylish development of luxuries apartments, retail and social housing. A mere veneer of it former self currently remains. I hope some of its period character will be preserved when the development has been completed.

I will try to remember to post a few pictures when it's finished. If it's finished?

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Hilary Paynter (b1949) - Wood Engraving

Just found this !!


An original wood engraving titled "Le Placial, Dordogne" by the British artist Hilary Paynter. numbered 40 from an edition of 50 and dated 1971. I think my luck might have changed !! To find something different that I like - I have struggled recently to "SEE" anything that make me stop and look.
Hilary Paynter ?? a name I was aware of but not too familiar with - I now know see is a exceptionally talented artist printmaker and has been President of the Royal Institute of Painter Printmakers and Engravers.
Just type her name in google and hit images !!