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The Rhead-Cronin Collection

117 Lot Collection

A collection of ceramics and art from the estate of the late Richard Harry Rhead-Cronin.

A selection of ceramics, paintings, sketches and ephemera from the Rhead-Cronin Collection.

A selection of ceramics, paintings, sketches and ephemera from the Rhead-Cronin Collection.

The Rhead-Cronin Collection isn't really a collection more rather an accumulation of family artefacts and artworks over the life time of Richard Harry Rhead-Cronin. The Rhead family have been involved in the pottery industry since the 18th century and spawned three generations of potters, artists and illustrators of particular repute.

The dynasty was initiated by George Wooliscroft Rhead (1832-1908) and his wife Fanny, the former having worked for Minton was primarily known as an artist and art teacher. A number of their eleven children George Wooliscroft Rhead Jnr (1854-1920), Frederick Alfred Rhead (1856-1933) and Louis John Rhead (1858-1926) were also proficient potters, painters and illustrators, Frederick Alfred Rhead, having worked at countless Staffordshire and other factories, particularly so. In turn four of his five children also worked within the pottery industry Frederick Hurten Rhead (1880-1942), Harry Rhead (1881-1950), Charlotte Rhead (1885-1947) and Adolphine Rhead (1888-1981) with the remaining daughter Marie Rhead becoming a teacher.

Richard Harry Rhead Cronin was the son of Marie and the items acquired by him were given as presents, bequeathed or passed between family members, being retained by intent or habit. It includes significant quantities of ceramics from the high art pate-sur-pate pieces of Frederick Alfred Rhead, to the uncommon tube-lined tiles of Charlotte Rhead (of which there are at least thirty) many of which depict family homes, children and pets and much of her more commercial work for Woods, Burgess and Leigh and others - some of it in previously unrecorded patterns

The family were also artists and a number of the ceramic pieces are accompanied by original studies, drawings and book illustrations. Likewise, the collection also boasts the original artwork for volumes engraved by the Rhead brothers - in particular two 1898 published volumes, Tennyson's Idylls of the King and Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress. There are also a number of oils and watercolours by George Wolliscroft Rhead and Frederick Rhead on classical and mythological themes.

Sale Information

FS21: Two Day Fine Art Sale
Tuesday, 21st January 2014
Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

Okehampton Street, Exeter

EX81: Antiques and Collectables
Tuesday, 17th December 2013
Okehampton Street, Exeter

Lots from the Collection

Lot EX81/1

Lot EX81/1: A Charlotte Rhead For HJ Wood Bursley Ware Pottery Vase

A Charlotte Rhead for HJ Wood Bursley Ware pottery vase of rubbed oviform the exterior tubelined with Wind Tossed Tulips in pink, green, brown and blue between narrow bands, 21cm high, impressed shape No 172, black backstamp and painted pattern No TL.76 with tubeliner's mark for Mrs Walker.

Estimate: £30 - £50
Realised: £40
Lot EX81/2

Lot EX81/2: Two Charlotte Rhead For AG Richardson Crown Ducal Vases and Two Matching Omar Urbach Ewers

Two Charlotte Rhead for AG Richardson Crown Ducal vases and two matching Omar Urbach ewers one vase of ribbed and tapering form the other of squat form both tubelined in the Stitch pattern, 12 and 8cm high, blue backstamps, the latter cracked together with a pair of earlier Czechoslovakian prototype ewers, 28.5cm high. (4).

Estimate: £40 - £60
Realised: £50
Lot EX81/3

Lot EX81/3: A Charlotte Rhead For HJ Wood Bursley Ware Jug

A Charlotte Rhead for HJ Wood Bursley Ware jug of slender tapering form tubelined in the Trellis pattern with a band of orange, yellow and green blooms with brown scrolling foliage, 28.5cm high, black backstamp, impressed shape no.73 and painted TL.3 with tubeliner's mark.

Estimate: £30 - £40
Lot EX81/4

Lot EX81/4: Two Charlotte Rhead For AG Richardson Crown Ducal Pottery Chargers

Two Charlotte Rhead for AG Richardson Crown Ducal pottery chargers of circular ribbed form tubelined in the Rhodian pattern with three pairs of blooms in orange, yellow, black and gold on a bed of leaves within a narrow border, 36cm diameter, blue backstamp, painted C Rhead with tubeliner's mark together with another decorated with Stylised Exotic Blooms, 44cm diameter, green backstamp and painted pattern No 5983, broken and restored. (2).

Estimate: £50 - £70
Lot EX81/5

Lot EX81/5: A Charlotte Rhead For HJ Woods Bursley Ware Pottery Bowl

A Charlotte Rhead for HJ Woods Bursley Ware pottery bowl of shallow circular form tubelined with multi coloured flowers and foliage around a narrow border, 29cm diameter, brown backstamp, no painted pattern No but TL14.

Estimate: £30 - £50
Realised: £120
Lot EX81/6

Lot EX81/6: A Charlotte Rhead For AG Richardson Crown Ducal Large Mug

A Charlotte Rhead for AG Richardson Crown Ducal large mug of mildly tapering ribbed form tubelined in the Omar pattern with a seated figure before a blanket containing wine and bread, between lines of text, 11.5cm high, black backstamp.

Estimate: £40 - £60
Realised: £80
Lot EX81/7

Lot EX81/7: A Charlotte Rhead For AG Richardson Crown Ducal Vase and One Similar

A Charlotte Rhead for AG Richardson Crown Ducal vase and one similar of ribbed and shouldered form with asymmetric lug handles tubelined in the Persian Rose pattern in mauve and blue, 14cm high, impressed shape No 211, black backstamp, painted Rhead with tubeliner's mark for Fanny Morrey together with a similarly shaped example probably by Omar Urbach. (2).

Estimate: £30 - £40
Lot EX81/8

Lot EX81/8: A Charlotte Rhead For AG Richardson Crown Ducal Pottery Jug

A Charlotte Rhead for AG Richardson Crown Ducal pottery jug of baluster form tubelined with a Geometric Band in orange and black on a mottled orange ground, 22cm high, blue backstamp and painted C Rhead and 146.

Estimate: £30 - £40
Realised: £20
Lot EX81/9

Lot EX81/9: Charlotte Rhead For HJ Woods A Bursley Ware Pottery Jug

Charlotte Rhead for HJ Woods a Bursley Ware pottery jug of tapering form with angular handle tubelined with Hydrangea blooms in pink, blue and purple with brown leaves reserved on a grey ground, 28.5cm high, blue backstamp, embossed model No 462 and painted pattern noTL4 with tubeliner's mark.

Estimate: £30 - £50
Realised: £38
Lot EX81/10

Lot EX81/10: A Charlotte Rhead For AG Richardson Crown Ducal Jug

A Charlotte Rhead for AG Richardson Crown Ducal jug the former of ribbed oviform with small handle tubelined in the Stylised Tulip or Spanish Motif in blue and pale red with tulips and other blooms, 20cm high, impressed shape No 207, black backstamp and painted C Rhead with tubeliner's mark.

Estimate: £40 - £60
Realised: £20
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