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1930s Modernist understatement from Poole Pottery

Why do I love Poole Pottery so, so much?! For me it is the early 1930s pieces, with their superb understated modernist design. Much of these designs went on to be manufactured until the late 1950s such were their appeal. Items such as this superb ashtray (which today could be used for trinkets or even as a desk tidy).  

Modernism became popular in the 1920s and 30s and was rejection of the romanticism of art and design which had gone before it. Modernist design is utterly pared back. Artists and designers experimented with colour and form, and used techniques that drew attention to the process of manufacture and the materials used. 

This beautiful piece of Poole Pottery would almost certainly have been designed in the 1930s. This piece is in Poole Pottery's first and rarer Twintone colour, Red Indian and Magnolia (C95) from 1953-58. It is hand made and hand decorated, and a very highly desirable piece.

With no exterior decoration, our eye is focussed upon the shape, the curved corners, the precise indentation and chunkiness of it's form. Along with the juxtaposition between the matte finish of the magnolia glaze and the glossy red inside. True Modernism at work!

I have not actually seen an ashtray in this shape in any of Poole's glazes before. This is in perfect condition, and would be absolutely ideal for a collector. This would look amazing on a dressing table, desk, coffee table etc. Take a look now by clicking here.

The Modernist approach can be seen in Poole's early cheese dishes, plates, the Streamline cups, saucers and teapots and many more of their deliciously designed early tableware. Look out for sleek, racy edges to handles and spouts, as can be seen in this teapot here:

More Poole Pottery teapots etc coming into stock soon. To keep an eye, just search 'Poole' at yay retro!

To read more about vintage Poole Pottery, try yay retro!'s Retropedia pages (to be found in the footer of our website).

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