This striking work of Art Deco design is by the English pottery Shorter and Son (estd. c. 1900 - c. 1964). The sculpted and abstract jardiniere form firmly displays architectural influences of Art Deco Bauhaus geometricism. The overall shape is that of an oval slice that is an excellent canvas for the tactile décor.
The décor is an alternating pattern arranged with the triangular ridges. The horizontal ridges stagger in height as they wrap around the body and are further complimented by vertical ridges of staggered height. Further elevating this piece is the sumptuous glaze that is a blended flow of Cream, Caramel, Mocha brown tones which are offset by the Steel grey-blue. The glaze palette is similar to that of Raw Ocean Jasper. The visual appeal of this piece is timeless in style but also very much a piece of Art Deco history.
Very Good. No chips, cracks, or repairs. The most notable wear are mild marks on the interior of the planter and a minor flake to the glaze on the underside of the base that are commensurable with the age of the piece. 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".
Height: c. 3.3" / 8.5 cm. Width: c. 7.1" / 17.8 cm (across widest point) x c. 6.1" / 15.6 cm (across deepest point). Unpackaged weight: c. 0.9 kg / 860 g
Jardiniere 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.