Stunning Piece of Mid Century 1950/60s Dartmouth Pottery - A Vintage Retro Kitsch Chic Shell Dish/Compote in a Rare Petrol Blue Glaze
A possible impending house move has forced me into evaluating all the contents of my attic and some items will have to go, in my effort to downsize. I'm making progress but more random items need to go!
For sale here is a Stunning Piece of Mid Century 1950/60’s Dartmouth Pottery – A Vintage Retro Kitsch Chic Shell Dish/Compote in a Rare Petrol Blue Glaze.
This is a just fabulous example of collectable South Devon Potteries Tourist Ware from the 1950’s and 60’s, and in quite a rare colourway. This shell compote dish was also produced in green, white, pink and brown, but this is the only example I can find in this unusual petrol blue glaze.
Dartmouth Pottery is one of the youngest of the South Devon Potteries, being founded in 1947/48 and is still operating today. The pottery was formed by Howard Koppenhagen on a picturesque site at Warfleet, on the west bank of the River Dart. In the early days they made some artwares and unusual items by contracts from other potteries unable to fulfil. Their products are similar in many respects to traditional Devon wares. To many people 'Dartmouth Pottery' means mottoware, gurgling jugs and monochrome flower holders. Yet their products were infinitely more diverse, ranging from beautiful art pottery to finely moulded toby jugs and sporting tankards.
This compote dish (I presume, given its form) measures about 6 inches/15 cm in diameter and stands about 4 inches/10 cm tall.
It is in the form of a large clam shell sitting on top of some waves. The detail in the moulding of the shell and the waves is exquisite.
It is in excellent vintage condition with no chips, cracks, crazing or any damage to the extremities.
This piece has no impressed or printed stamp on the base, not one that I could find anyway, (but many Dartmouth pieces didn’t, they just had a sticker instead, which is long gone!) But the piece is definitely Dartmouth, given the other examples researched online.
A fabulous addition to a Devon Pottery collection, especially in this fabulous colourway!
Lovely just as a display dish but can be used to serve olives or nuts at a vintage retro dinner party or buffet! Use is as a fruit compote or to hold fresh berries or grapes.
So many other options for this vintage shell dish, use for your soaps in the bathroom, fill with your hair accessories or jewellery treasures. Wherever you put it, it’s going to be a statement!
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