This elegant work of Art Deco design is by the English pottery Shorter and Son (est. c. 1900 - c. 1964). The stylised Clam shell form is crafted in a touch-inviting, tactile manner with a silky semi-matte glaze. The glaze décor is a sumptuous application with blended dappling of powdered tones Abalone and Smoke grey with tones of Powdered Sea green-blue. The visual appeal of this piece is timeless in style but yet also very much a piece of Art Deco history that makes it suitable for standalone display or functionally as a serving dish.
Superb. No chips, cracks, or repairs. The most notable wear are 2 glaze stains on the lid and mild crazing that is present all over, both types of wear are commensurable with the age of the piece. Please refer to photographs as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base bears Shorter and Son's inscription and the stamp denoting 'Shorter and Son Ltd, Stoke on Trent, Made in Great Britain" that was in use between 1905 to 1933.
Height: c. 5.7" / 14.5 cm. Length: c. 9.6" / 24.5 cm (across longest point) x Width: c. 7.9" / 20 cm Width (across widest point). Unpackaged weight: c. 1.0 kg / 1,005 g
Dish 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 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.