Unusual speckle, drip-glazed vase by the Linthorpe Pottery c1885. Classic Dresser shape of elongated ovoid body with flared cylindrical neck and foot. Particularly attractive blue speckled glaze dripped over a paler blue ground. Impressed number 876 and Linthorpe mark (obscured by heavy glaze - very commonly seen with drip-glazed Linthorpe vases). The vase measures 22.5 cm in height.
In 1879 John Harrison (a local businessman) established Linthorpe Pottery in conjunction with Christopher Dresser, one of the most influential designers of the late 19th century. Dresser acted as artistic director at the Pottery until 1982 and continued to submit designs whilst the Pottery remained in production. Dresser recommended Henry Tooth, an artist from Buckinghamshire working at that time on the Isle of Wight, as pottery manager. Henry Tooth, with no prior experience of clay or pottery left Ryde for Linthorpe, spending time at the T.G. Green pottery in Church Gresley, Derbyshire to get a foundation in ceramics. Henry Tooth had brought Richard Patey with him from the Isle of Wight, who managed the pottery after he left in 1882 (to establish to Bretby Pottery in partnership with William Ault). For more information on Linthorpe Pottery visit our Maker's History pages.
Linthorpe Pottery Blue Speckled Drip-Glaze Vase c1885
This vase is in excellent condition with no crazing, chips, cracks or restoration. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.