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'Fancies' in turquoise and yellow (c. first half of 60s)


Knop-handled dish
Stamped 251. Pristine unused condition; uncommon. Value: £5-15

Fancy dish with sacking effect
Glaze defect around one of the tripod scars. Value: £5
Fancy dish
Stamped 252. Pristine unused condition; uncommon. Value: £5-15

Fancy with sacking effect
Stamped F262, this oval dish has a turquoise exterior, and a yellow interior with raised ribs resembling sack cloth. According to Jackson (1998: p. 83) relief decoration was common on ceramics in the fifties. See Jenkins (1997) p. 88, and bottom figure p. 59 for similar pieces (but not this mould number). Pristine unused condition; uncommon. Value: £5-15

Triangular fruit bowl with sacking effect
Pristine unused condition; uncommon. Value: £15-40


Midwinter magic moments , designed by Jessie Tait


Cup and saucer
In the fashion shape, dated 1960 on the backstamp. Scarce, and in mint condition. Value: £5-15


Queensberry Stripe on Fine shape (both designed 1962)

The fine shape rejected fifties organic shapes in favour of straight cylindrical forms. Queensberry, quoted in "Midwinter Pottery" (Steven Jenkins, 1997; p. 6) says that the primary influences on his Fine shape were 18th Century English creamware shapes and the Berlin design of Hans Theo Baumann for Rosenthal (Form 13000 "Berlin"). Queensberry dates that design to 1959, but Kapp and Siemen (page 34) date it to 1956-57. Queensberry may be confusing it with Rosenthal's Sillhouette of 1959-60. The Queensberry Stripe pattern was in production until 1978 and is extremely common.


Trade advert, 1963
Click here for larger image. The legend reads:

For the first time in many years in the pottery industry comes an entirely new conception of table-ware shape, body and pattern design. This very special new range, evolved by W.R. Midwinter, has been designed by the Marquis of Queensberry, Professor of Ceramics at the Royal College of Art. From this brilliant designer has come an advanced form and functional grace which foresees a new future in English pottery design.


Diagonal pattern by Nigel Wilde (1964)

This range had a limited production run and is therefore scarce.


Coffee pot
On the fine shape. This beautiful coffee pot is in mint condition apart from a small scratch to the transfer (the transfers on this range are vulnerable and often have minor damage). This pattern was used on coffee sets, so look out for cups, saucers, sugar bowls and cream jugs. Gravy boats, soup bowls and other table ware are also seen. Value: £20-30


Cheese plant

This range is infrequent. The red areas are prone to wear.


Backstamp 1960 or 1969? Value: £10-20


Cannes designed by Hugh Casson (1954)

Cannes was the version of the Casson design on the fashion body-shape (c. 1960 onwards, according to Jenkins, 1997). Stylecraft shapes carrying this pattern were called Riviera. Both ranges are rather common but collectable. Note: Crown Devon also made a range called Riviera.


Coffee pot
Pristine condition; appears unused. Value: £60-120

TV set
These pieces, with a cup resting in a recess on a large, triangular plate, were popular in the fifties and are also sometimes called 'tennis sets'. Pristine condition; appears unused. Value: £10-30
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