Art Deco 1930s Gray’s Pottery Corner Wall Pocket Vase
We have on sale an unusual, and rare, Art Deco 1930s Gray’s Pottery Corner Wall Pocket Vase. It is matt and cream/ straw in colour, and undecorated.
It is in good used condition with no cracks or restoration. However, it is not flawless. There are defects in the vase, including flow marks and air bubbles, that have been present since the vase was first made. These defects would be mostly hidden if the pocket vase were hung in the corner of a room.
I’m pretty sure it is Gray’s but the printed maker’s mark (a ‘Clipper’ sailing ship) is missing: could it have been a seconds? The design is geometric, with an angle at the rear allowing it to fit snugly to the wall but curved to the front, and a matching angled wall hanging handle. The vase tapers down in size to the bottom of the vase, which is banded in a style reminiscent of 1930s Keith Murray Wedgwood. This is similar in design to other Gray’s pieces of this period.
- Tip of handle to base:- 21.8cm (8.6″)
- Top of vase to base:- 17.7cm (7.0″)
- Width of neck:- 9.3cm (3.7″)
- Diameter of base:- 3cm (1.2″)
Some History for You!
Gray’s were founded in 1907 by Albert Edward Gray (AE Gray). The company was initially set up in Manchester, England prior to moving to Hanley, Staffordshire in 1912. They are most widely noted as a pottery decorating company, however, in the 1930s there was a fashion for matt glazed undecorated products. This trend was most notably led by Keith Murray at Wedgwood.
Grays most famous designer was Susie Cooper who worked there between 1922 and 1929 reaching the level of Art Director. Cooper implemented floral, banding and strong geometric patterns and also produced lustre vases.
Grays was bought out by Portmeirion Potteries in 1959 on the death of Edward Gray.
For more interesting information on this Staffordshire potter click on the link to this great resource website for Gray’s pottery.