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This Crown Lynn terracotta vase is believed to be the work of mystery potters Arthur and Olive Rhodes. Nobody has been able to discover who they were or where they came from.

Recently, I have been talking with a trader who used to live in Burslem. She said that her sister, who worked in the industry, was brought out to New Zealand by Crown Lynn in the days of Sir Tom Clark. She lived in a house provided by the company and went home to England after working for a time with the NZ staff. Maybe this is how Arthur and Olive Rhodes were involved with Crown Lynn.

The tiki and 3 stars back stamp was used by Crown Lynn after 1948 until 1955, however, it has been suggested that the Rhodes vases may have been made as late as the 1960s. They are uncommon/rare and appeal to collectors of Crown Lynn pottery.

This particular vase is unusual in that it has a very narrow neck and opening. However, like most others, it has slip on the upper half and glaze on the lower half.

Approximate dimensions: 17cm H x 10.5cm W. Opening 4cm across.

The main issues with the condition of the vase are that there are 2 significant chips on the lip. I have filled these with modelling clay/plasticine to reduce the visual impact (see paired photos 4 & 5, 6 & 7, 8 & 9 comparing before and after). Modelling clay does not set and it is probably removable if the buyer wants the chips to show again.

The general photos also show some flaking/uneven coverage of the slip covering and a discontinuous scuff mark on the slip and glaze (photo 11).

Pickup Henderson, near Sturges Road. Can send to you at your cost and risk. Once the buyer has sent their delivery address, I'll work on identifying a cost-effective option for shipping.

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  • Seller location: Waitakere City, Auckland, NZ

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