WARE ARTIST JAMES DEWDNEY: SIGNED HAND MADE
& DECORATED DEVON ART POTTERY VASE, LIBERTY STYLE
C.H. BRANNAM 1905
stunning Barum Ware English art pottery hand crafted vase, designed and
decorated by talented C.H. Brannam artist James Dewdney. It was potted
during their 'golden age'. In the eyes of contemporaries, Brannam
English Art pottery products rivaled those of Doulton and the Martin
Brothers. Barum Ware was sold through Liberty London, the leading art
nouveau retailer of the age."Antiques Expert Hamilton Bear.
James Dewdney was arguably the best of the Devon Brannam
art potters. This 1905 work was one of his last for C.H. Brannam. He
left in 1906 as Brannam concentrated on more uniform Liberty
production line designs and later garden pots. What Dewdney
did next remains a bit of a mystery? Barum Ware art pottery pieces,
including more works by James Dewdney, are illustrated in English
Art Pottery 1865-1915, Malcolm Haslam (ACC 1975)
Figure 90-98 pp. 149-153.
height 180 mm max. width (across handles) 205 mm max.
Dated 1905 and signed by the artist, J.D
monogram for James Dewdney to base, see below.
In good general display condition. There are no significant chips or
cracks to pottery body. No restoration. Note some surface glaze flaking
to thick majolica style decorative finish in places: not uncommon with
art pottery of this period - as found on Della Robbia and Elton Wares.
This does not spoil the overall attractiveness and enjoyment of a
decorative and rare surviving example. A good restorer could make good,
near invisible, decorative cosmetic repair if required.
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