Sunday, January 15, 2012

my home town    Coming up for auction soon is this little vase depicting a football player from my home town team, Portsmouth.  Why am I showing you this? Is it by Bishop & Stonier or one of the other associated partnerships?  No, well, not really.  It's actually by the Grays pottery.  This factory has two connections with Bishop & Stonier: the first is that they often bought B&S blanks which were then decorated with their own designs.  You can, on occasion, find Grays pieces which have their own factory mark applied over a Bisto mark.  The second connection between the two factories is that George Buttle, a designer for Grays, also worked at the Bishop & Stonier company as Art Director.  This piece of Grays pottery is known to be designed by Buttle in 1911.

Lastly, the subject of this vase gives me a very loose excuse to link to a youtube clip of the wonderful Adele singing Hometown Glory


Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm from El Salvador, Central America, I have a dish abbey ironstone, Livesley Powell & Co brand, appears in essence the image of a ruined gothic church, one man, one boy and two women from a river. I could talk about that brand?


bisto boy said...

you piece sounds like it's in the Abbey pattern which L.P&Co used, as did their successors, leading eventually to the George Jones & Co factory who made it famous the world over.

Mindy said...

I am trying to find out some information on an Ironstone Abbey L.P. & Co Blue 12 sided 4.5" deep by 13" bowl that my great grandmother was bathed in around 1888-1889. The scene is also a man, boy and two ladies sitting on rock at the river overlooking a church. Can you please let me know where I could find out about this bowl? I found your website trying to google about this.
Many Thanks

bisto boy said...

What info would you like to know? it seems you have most have the info already: L.P means it's by Livesley Powell so will date from 1851-1866. The description of the pattern is of "Abbey". The large size of your bowl indicates that it was part of a wash set and would originally have had a matching wash jug, probably a potty, soap dish and toothbrush holder. To find such a large piece of Livesley Powell is quite rare as most of the surviving pieces I've ever seen have been small pieces of table ware (plate, jugs, sugar bowls etc) If yours is in good condition it could be worth £200-400 pounds, especially as it is an unusual 12 sided shape. Livesley Powell made pieces with multiple sides for tableware in particular, but i've never seen a 12 sided wash bowl.

If you want to know more about a specific transfer pattern, you could invest in this book: Miller's Encyclopedia of British Transfer-Printed Pottery Patterns 1790-1930 which you can buy on Amazon.

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