http://www.jacobsandhunt.com/jan.84.jpg 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