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Stan Prickett of Yande Meannjin Antiques has been in the business for 30 years. He has been at the Paddington Antique Centre for 27 years. He deals in ceramics, glass, silver and small collectable items of substance & quality. He is a registered commonwealth valuer for glass, ceramics and Australian pottery, secretary of Queensland Antique Dealers Association, Treasurer and life member of the Queensland Antique & Collectables Society, Member Queensland Wedgewood Society and Member Australian Society. He is one of the most respected dealers in Australia and we are delighted to have him as our resident antiques guru. Each month Stan will give an insight into the world of collectable antiques.
Unlike Clarice Cliff and to a lesser extent, Susie Cooper, Charlotte Rhead was generally not an original designer nor was she a “modernist.” The derivation of a few of her designs is directly traceable and her patterns were adapted from many different historical and contemporary sources. Her recognition and artistic merit lay in the fact that she was able to combine several ideas into a single entity. Having produced a design, she was able to adapt and modify it for application to many differing shapes. Charlotte Rhead became an expert in tube lining, a highly skilled and difficult process requiring considerable control and a steady hand, at a young age having been taught the process by her father and two brothers.
1908, she worked for her father at the Atlas Tile Works but this
business was not successful and it collapsed in 1910. Following the
collapse of the Atlas Tile Works,
output during the early 1920’s was considerable with many designs being
illustrated in the trade press but without any reference to her name. In
1931 Charlotte left Burgess & Leigh and commenced working at A. G.
Richardson, Tunstall, producers of the Crown Ducal range of ceramics,
where she continued to work for the next 11 years turning out a large
range of designs many of which were best sellers.
of her work consists of utilitarian shapes like bowls, jugs, plaques and
vases but she also designed tableware, children's ware and some items
with free hand decoration.
Like Clarice Cliff, the outbreak of World War II in 1939 imposed severe restrictions on production and she left Richardsons in 1942 only to rejoin Wood & Sons at the Alexandria factory, Burslem in the same year, designing and producing another series of tube lined wares that to quote one author “had a distinctively dejavu look about them.”
time restrictions meant that production of “fancy” wares took a long
time to get going and was just picking up in 1947 when cancer, (which
had been first diagnosed in 1939,) returned. .
Elers, Lottie Rhead ware, Seed
Burgess & Leigh
(Burleigh Ware) patterns include bands of anemones, Japanese style
Ducal) patterns include Primula, Byzantine,
Later H. J. Woods
patterns included Zigzag, Trellis, Daisy, Peony, Dragon,
Clarice Cliff’s work, some patterns are common while others are rare and
in fact, examples of some recorded patterns have not surfaced to date.
Although examples of