1. Dunmore Pottery
2. Peter Gardner
Pair of brown glazed centrepiece with green patches. The upper section is a small dish or plate with serrated edge. Its upper face uses vanished leaf decoration. The underside is moulded with numerous lines to imitate the cellular structure of a leaf or mushroom. This plate has been joined onto the trunk of a tree at the centre and a firing crack occurs at this joint. Three tendril-like branches reach out from part way down the trunk to the edges of the plate. The bark of the trunk has some lozenge-shaped leaves on it. The trunk thickens as it reaches the ground and at the foot of three buttresses emerge curving open-mouthed tubes, also in the form of rustic branches. These project upwards so that they can hold flowers. Set between these, and below the outstretched tendrils, are three small identical human figures. These depict a woman wearing a shawl. She is sitting on the ground with her legs in front, one arm lied on her lap and the other supports the head, which is leaning to one side. This arm leans on a basket beside her. The moulded ground or base is two tiered. The upper tier has large leaves, giving way to small wavy lines at the outer edge. These continue onto the lower tier.
The upper edge of the base is stamped DUNMORE twice on opposite sides under the glaze in what appears to be the type 4 stamp, in sans serif. This is clearly the case with the DUNMORE stamp on the base.
Three stilt marks on the base.
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Dimensions:base:Dia 24cm (Dia 9 7/16")
Dimensions:top:Dia 25cm (Dia 9 13/16")