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Frederick Hurten Rhead (1880-1932)

Biography of the potter Frederick Hurten Rhead (1880-1932)

Frederick Hurten Rhead (1880-1932) was born in 1880 as the oldest son of Frederick Alfred Rhead and his wife Adolphine Hurten. From an early age, Rhead was familiar with clay as his father literally bought his work home with him so that his children could learn pottery techniques. His education continued on a slightly more formal basis when he was apprenticed to his father at the Brownfield Guild Pottery and then latterly when Frederick senior changed jobs at the Wileman & Co pottery.

Evidently, Rhead's education was a good one. In 1899, at the impossibly young age of nineteen, he was appointed art director to Wardle & Co – although it is highly likely that they got two for one and his father may also have assisted.

However, within three years, Rhead followed his elder brother Louis Rhead and emigrated to America to take up a position at the Avon Faience pottery and latterly at the Weller Pottery before becoming art director at Roseville in 1904.

After four years, owing to a change in company direction, Rhead left to take up several pottery teaching posts before starting his own pottery in Santa Barbara in 1913 – a period some consider as his ‘golden age’.

By 1917, however, Rhead was back in employment at the American Encaustic Tile Company, becoming art director in 1927 once again when he joined the Homer Laughlin China Company where he remained until his death in 1932.

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Lot FS21/557

Lot FS21/557: Frederick Hurten Rhead For Wardle& Co A Tube-lined Pottery Vase

Frederick Hurten Rhead for Wardle& Co a tube-lined pottery vase of tapering form, the short flared neck with eight loop handles, decorated and tube-lined with two turtles in a continuous landscape with a village in the background, inscribed below with the tongue twister 'Two tired turtles trying to trot to Tutbury', signed Frederick Hurten Rhead 1902, 30cm high.

Estimate: £600 - £800
Realised: £1,150

Lot EX81/24

Lot EX81/24: Frederick Hurten Rhead For Wardle, A Pottery Teapot

Frederick Hurten Rhead for Wardle, a pottery teapot applied with thick textured green slips and sgraffito decorated with shrimps, the rim tubelined 'Tea and -', 13cm high, impressed Wardle England, 2418, circa 1900, minor glaze wear on rim.

Estimate: £80 - £100
Realised: £65