This striking work of Art Deco design is by the English pottery Shorter and Son (estd. c. 1900 - c. 1964). The stylised form firmly displays the architectural design influences of Art Deco Bauhaus geometricism. The overall shape rectangular, cradled by staggered and angled arches, carrying echoes of the Art Deco Odeon style. Art Deco Odeon style references the revolution in British style brought about by the c.260 Odeon cinemas that sprung up across the UK from the late 1920s. Over 13 years, Oscar Deutsch created a circuit of cinemas where the buildings celebrated Art Deco Modernism with sweeping, simple yet strongly defined lines.
Further elevating this piece is the sumptuous glaze that is a blended dappling of Powdered Peach, Cream and Green Tea tones. This visual appeal of this piece is timeless in style but also very much a piece of Art Deco history.
Excellent. No chips, cracks, or repairs. The most notable wear is the light movement marks on the underside of the base and fine crazing all over that is commensurable with the age of the piece. Mentioned for completeness: there are spaces in the glaze that are a result of glaze application and are not damage. Please refer to photographs as they form part of the condition report. The base bears Shorter and Son's stamp denoting 'Shorter and Son, Stoke on Trent, Made in England" and the inscription '203 Shorter England'.
Height: c. 3.1" / 8 cm. Width: c. 7.3" / 18.5 cm (across widest point) x c. 3.5" / 9 cm (across deepest point). Unpackaged weight: c. 0.6 kg / 615 g
Planter will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Before the 1920s, Shorter and Son (c. 1900 - 1964) produced Edwardian Majolica ware, creating a broad range of domestic and ornamental ware such as jardinieres, umbrella holders, bowls and vases. From the 1920s onward, their range only broadened however, they would adapt their designs to the burgeoning influences of the period. The design of their tableware and accessories for example reflected the Art Deco influences of the greats such as Clarice Cliff and Mabel Leigh designed for Shorter and Son from 1933 to 1935.
Sadly, in the early 1960s, the company faced the death of a director Arthur Colley Shorter as well as the loss of a factory in Copeland Street to a road development scheme. Finally, there were significant expenses to convert to smokeless firing to conform with the Clean Air Act. These factors resulted in a decision to accept an offer from S. Fielding & Co. Ltd the owners of Crown Devon around 1964.