A guide to Art Deco Potteries in England with price guide and picture. 

Free Art Deco Book

Informative guide which provides information on collecting art deco ceramics, lists and describes individual potteries and their products, and depicts selected pieces. A good starter for those who want to learn and be introduced to the major potteries of the twentieth century in England.

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© Francis Joseph 2017
Art Deco
Shapes and Patterns from the
1920s and 1930s

The starting point for this book lay in the
upsurge of interest in Art Deco ceramics
over the past ten years. During those years I
have been a dealer myself, specialising in
the pottery of the period between the two
World Wars, and I suspect that one reason
for this interest is that there are many
parallels between that period and our
own. The Eighties, like the Twenties and
Thirties, was a time of superficial prosperity
for many and extreme deprivation for
some. A similar feverish gaiety has been
engendered by the media, while in the
background there has been the grim reality
of the dole queue. Equally, it has been a
time when uncertainty has marked the
attitude of the majority of people towards
questions of ethics and human
relationships, a sense that the code of
conduct officially endorsed is an
anachronism in a selfish, self-seeking world.
This underlying bleakness makes colour and
warmth even more attractive. Unexpected
shapes and clever combinations of line and
pattern satisfy a need for interest and
amusement. Nostalgia plays its part, too, for
almost everybody can remember
something left over from the days between
the wars, still remaining in the homes of
elderly relatives and seen during childhood,
making it a reminder of that distant past,
when they were perhaps happier and more
secure than they are now. In her own day
Clarice Cliff remarked. Women want
continual change... they will have colour
and plenty of it. Women - and men too -
have the same needs now as they did then,
and this explains the popularity of the
period today.