Monthly Archives: March 2013

Henry Heath Lithographer Gray’s Pottery

Henry Heath was a draughtsman, an etcher of political caricatures and a lithographer, who switched from etching to lithography in 1831 (information © Trustees of the British Museum). He worked as an engraver from about 1824-30. An advertisement in the London Literary Gazette of 1831 (No 742, April 9th, Read more

Prints and Verses Gray’s Pottery

In the early part of the twentieth century, the prints, or lithographs, were of relatively poor quality: for example, a close examination of the printed colour areas on early designs such as Sèvres Marbling will reveal the individual ink dots which comprise the image. Similarly, close examination will usually Read more

Backstamps: history of Gray’s Pottery

Pictured top: The N Clipper backstamp used on all wares between 1931 and 1961 with minor variations.
Gray’s Pottery used many backstamps throughout the life of the company. 53 of them are included on this website but only 20 represent significantly different versions. However, of these, just six form major Read more

18th Century Chinese brush pot

This little pot is made from bamboo and is a brush pot.
It is one of the objects from ‘the scholar’s table’. If you were a Chinese scholar in the middle of the 18th Century – or even the 19th Century – you would have a table, and on it Read more

Napoleonic prisoner of war work

This carving, made from animal bones, is unusual.
It dates from the Napoleonic era and would have been made by a French prisoner of war based at a camp near Peterborough at the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815.
The design features Spinning Jennies and the figures move. It is Read more

Rudolph Valentino screen print

This screen printer poster shows Rudolph Valentino in his 1926 film ‘The Eagle’.
It was won by the owner’s grandmother in a newspaper competition that year. It likely to be the original artwork for the film poster and would therefore be unique. It would appeal to collectors of film memorabilia.
Did Read more

Biscuit porcelain figure c1851

This figure was made from the Great Exhibition of 1851 by one of the greatest French makers, Giles.
It is made from biscuit porcelain and the inclusion of a broken pitcher in the arms of the figure signifies a loss of innocence or virginity.
Did you know? Crystal Palace, constructed of Read more

Late 18th Century Memorial Ring

This ring is said to have been handed down from a man who served with Nelson in 1794.
It marks the life and death of an ‘R. Cheesemont’ who was a surgeon on HMS Powerful. The ring is made from gold with an ivory backing and is referred to as Read more