What's for sale?
This is a handmade, earthenware olive dish by the now retired British potter Val Sparkes. The design is influenced by the shape of a traditional British coastal fishing boat. It has the identification number of PE27 on both sides, which is the registration code for Poole in Dorset.
It has the look of an old-fashioned boat and its colours are a pretty blend of red, cream and very pale green. These are all hand-built and hand-painted items.
This is from her 'All at Sea' range which also included her shipping forecast designs. If her earlier designs largely featured animals, the designs from the latter part of her career featured the sea.
Who made it and when?
This was made by the British potter Val Sparkes. She introduced the 'Shipping Forecast' range around 2013, so these would be among the last she produced before her retirement in 2018. Her printed mark on the base reads:
What condition is it in?
- New and unused, bought direct from the artist
- In excellent, unused condition
- There is a nick in the clay, under the glaze, near the left hand port-hole
What are the measurements?
- 8.5cm high (3.35 inches)
- 11cm long (4.3 inches)
- 8cm wide (3.15 inches)
- 150 grams
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