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The Roy Paine Collection of Torquay Pottery

140 Lot Collection

The Roy Paine Collection of Torquay Pottery (mainly from Aller Vale and Watcombe) comprises 66 lots and represents a collection built up meticuously over a 36 year period.

A Watcombe (Torquay) Pottery Moulded Pilgrim Flask (FS24/481) from the Roy Paine Collection

A Watcombe (Torquay) Pottery Moulded Pilgrim Flask (FS24/481) from the Roy Paine Collection

The descriptive term 'a lifetime's collection' is one that is often over used, but the Torquay pottery, particularly that from Aller Vale and Watcombe, that Roy managed to accumulate over a thirty six year period could genuinely boast to being a lifetime's collection. Ill health has meant that he has now decided it is time to disperse his collection, a decision he didn't take lightly, but one he hopes will allow other collectors to acquire pieces that took him decades to find.

He kept a catalogue from 1976 when he came across his first piece of 'motto ware' and since then 1,249 pieces have passed through his hands, each meticulous hand written entry stating when, where and from whom he purchased the piece, along with the asking price and what he actually paid, often along with personal comments about the piece.

Although not a founder member of the Torquay Pottery Collectors Society, which was formed the same year he acquired his first piece, he and his wife Gloria were both early members and avid collectors. After her death in 1995, his passion for rare pieces increased as did his attendance at the Society's annual auction.

His entry for Lot FS24/470, which he acquired on 18th September 2004, is annotated "At last! Waited a long time, but worth it". If other bidders and collectors feel anywhere near as enthusiastic about their purchases from the following sixty six lots, Roy would be happy that they had gone to good homes.

Sale Information

FS24: Two Day Fine Art Sale
Tuesday, 28th October 2014
Wednesday, 29th October 2014

Okehampton Street, Exeter

FS25: Two Day Fine Art Sale
Tuesday, 27th January 2015
Wednesday, 28th January 2015

Okehampton Street, Exeter

SS1: Special Sale
Tuesday, 24th November 2015
Okehampton Street, Exeter

Lots from the Collection

Lot SS1/131

Lot SS1/131: Two Aller Vale (Torquay) Pottery Harvest Jugs

Two Aller Vale (Torquay) pottery harvest jugs of oviform with raised neck and applied handle, one with scroll terminal, each incised and applied with coloured slips in the Q.1. pattern on a cream ground and bearing the poems 'Full many a shaft at random sent...' and 'Have courage boys to do the right...', both impressed Aller Vale, circa 1885-97, 21 and 20cm high.

Estimate: £80 - £120
Realised: £75
Lot SS1/132

Lot SS1/132: Two Aller Vale (Torquay) Pottery Loving Cups

Two Aller Vale (Torquay) pottery loving cups of cylindrical form incised and applied with coloured slips with scrolling foliage in pattern Q.1., inscribed verso 'Do the work that's nearest...' and 'Work on Hope on...', impressed Aller Vale and incised Q.1., circa 1890-1900, 14.5 and 15cm high.

Estimate: £80 - £120
Realised: £75
Lot SS1/133

Lot SS1/133: Four Pieces of Aller Vale (Torquay) Pottery

Four pieces of Aller Vale (Torquay) pottery comprising a ewer of bellied form with raised neck and strap handle, a multi-necked 'udder' vase, a fancy candlestick with frill rim and drip pan and a shallow dish, each applied with coloured slips on a cream ground in the Persian manner, pattern A.1., vase and candlestick impressed Aller Vale, circa 1885-95.

Estimate: £80 - £100
Realised: £75
Lot SS1/134

Lot SS1/134: Four CH Brannam (Barnstaple) Pottery Novelties

Four CH Brannam (Barnstaple) pottery novelties comprising a grotesque lizard posy trough [some losses] and a small vase decorated with three owl masks, both incised CH Brannam, Barum and dated 1897 and 1901, the latter with monogram for Frank Thomas, together with two wall pockets in the form of clogs.

Estimate: £80 - £120
Realised: £110
Lot SS1/135

Lot SS1/135: Two Longpark (Torquay) Pottery 'Dragon' Ewers

Two Longpark (Torquay) pottery 'dragon' ewersone of waisted form with pinched rim, the body modelled with an encircling serpent forming the handle and picked out in coloured slips on a petrol blue ground, incised Devon Ware, high circa 1905-14, 22cm high, the companion of tapering form with double handle, modelled with an writhing serpent, picked out in coloured slips on a green textured, ground, incised Longpark Torquay, circa 1914-23, 19cm high, [tiny glued rim chip].

Estimate: £80 - £100
Realised: £130
Lot SS1/136

Lot SS1/136: Two Longpark (Torquay) Pottery 'Dragon' Vases

Two Longpark (Torquay) pottery 'dragon' vases one of waisted form with pinched rim, the body modelled with an encircling serpent forming the handle and picked out in coloured slips on a streaky green ground, incised Longpark Torquay, circa 1914-23, 20cm high, the companion of oviform, modelled with an writhing serpent, picked out in coloured slips on a streaky green ground, incised Longpark Torquay, circa 1914-23, 19cm high, [tiny glued rim chip].

Estimate: £100 - £150
Realised: £120
Lot SS1/137

Lot SS1/137: A CH Brannam (Barnstaple) Pottery Bowl of Art Nouveau Influence

A CH Brannam (Barnstaple) pottery bowl of Art Nouveau influence of boat shaped form the handles surmounted by grotesque gaping masks, the body incised with decorative motifs and applied with brown, blue and cream slips on a green ground, incised CH Brannam, Barnstaple, 1914 with monogram for Reginald Pearce, 39cm long, [good professional restoration to base.

Estimate: £100 - £150
Realised: £130
Lot SS1/138

Lot SS1/138: A Burmantofts Pottery Stick Stand

A Burmantofts pottery stick stand of moulded cylindrical form impasto decorated with daisy-like blooms between bands of strap work, impressed Burmantofts, Faience, England and 1981, circa 1890-95, 61cm high.

Estimate: £50 - £80
Realised: £140
Lot SS1/139

Lot SS1/139: A Pair of Longpark (Torquay) Pottery Grotesque 'Dragon' Vases

A pair of Longpark (Torquay) pottery grotesque 'dragon' vases the waisted body with pinched rim the body applied with an encircling dragon and a lizard and fly respectively applied with blue, brown and cream slips on a blue ground, the latter incised Longpark, Torquay circa 1914-1923, 19.5cm high, [good restoration to one rim].

Estimate: £80 - £120
Realised: £130
Lot SS1/140

Lot SS1/140: Two Watcombe (Torquay) Pottery Face Jugs

Two Watcombe (Torquay) pottery face jugs comprising an unusual example modelled in the form of a Japanese man in military uniform, under pale green glazes, the companion modelled in the form of a monk bearing the caption 'Many have told of the monks of old what a saintly race they were', under dark green glazes, the former impressed Watcombe Torquay, circa 1901-20, the latter with the Woodpecker mark, circa 1884-90, both 15cm high, [the latter restored].

Estimate: £50 - £70
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