A stunning pair of Baron Ware vases of unusual form, each with 3 Art Nouveau-style, swirling handles and typical sgraffito decoration depicting stylised fish and underwater scenes against a stippled ground. The main colour palette is olive green and cream with accents of blue, brown and dark red. These are early pieces in the factory’s history dating from between 1899 and 1904 and are both signed by the designer/decorator WHG as well as having the factory mark ‘Baron Barnstaple’ and pattern number 49. Each measures 17cm high by 11cm at its widest point.
William Leonard Baron established his pottery at Rolle Quay, Barnstaple in 1899. He made motto wares, vases, plaques and figures using a similar style to that employed when he worked at Brannam’s. In 1902, he had showrooms at 59 Boutport Street and in 1910, at ‘The Square’, Barnstaple. By this time William’s son Frederick had left Brannam’s where he had also worked, to take over the Rolle Quay works from his father. The pottery continued until Frederick died in a tragic drowning accident in 1939 when it was acquired by Brannam’s.
Excellent – no chips, cracks or restoration in either vase. Both show typical, age related, fine crazing visible under bright light and close inspection but not under normal display conditions (mentioned for completeness).
Each vase has an identical section of glaze overrun on the base which suggests, together with their identical designs, they were made at the same time and intended to be a true pair.
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