J & G Meakin Studio ‘Eden’ jug & sugar bowl
made in England 1964
This set comprises a sugar bowl and jug from J & G Meakin, featuring apples and pears on the front, and a gooseberry on the back – in a pattern called ‘Eden’. Eden was designed by Alan Rogers in the mid 60s and it is so representative of 60s design and colours. These pieces were once part of a whole dinner set- but like most patterned things- less is more; a whole dinner set would be quite overwhelming whereas these two are absolutely charming. And if my memory serves me correctly, apples & pears is rhyming slang for stairs!
J & G Meakin have been producing pottery in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent since 1851 and continue in production today: Eden, however wasn’t produced past the late 60s. Pottery by J & G Meakin is quite collectible- especially pieces made at the turn of the century and in the 50-60s period. I have written about J & G Meakins ‘Studio Ware’, almost from the mid 50s, previously. The jug and sugar bowl are in excellent condition.
Vintage posy vases
made in Bristol, England c 1930s
I can’t find the maker for this pair of 30s vases. They are embossed ‘Bristol, ENG 4’ on the base so the place of manufacture is evident, but not the maker. They are typically 30s vases due to the decorative method: hand painted, asymmetrical and different designs were applied directly to the bisque fired surface. The 30s was all about art deco, with hand-produced, ‘naturalistic’ overtones. These vases illustrate the interest in abstraction and variation of the patterned design.
Pairs of vases are unusual, and this pair is in very good condition. The abstract painted forms are as vibrant as when they were first applied. The vases were inherited and so have only had two owners, who took great care of them. If anyone can tell me the maker, that would be great.