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CROWN DEVON FIELDINGS MINI JARDINIERE (SPRING) (CER 001)
- Highly collectable Spring vellum pattern
- Manufactured circa 1917-1929 (based on the pottery mark).
- Handpainted floral motif with gold trim
Soft cream-ivory background, tasteful artisan-painted floral pattern, and gold-colored trim at the edges: this antique earthenware ceramic is as beautiful as it is collectable. This mini planter pot features the rare “Spring” pattern, making this is a highly desirable and potentially extremely valuable piece.
The pottery mark on the bottom certifies its authenticity. For over a decade now, numerous collectors have specifically been seeking Crown Devon Spring and Royal Devon pattern ceramics. We’re fortunate to have found just such an item.
Crown Devon Fieldings started from humble beginnings in 1878. After a rocky start, the company gained a reputation for high-quality craftsmanship and superior manufacturing techniques combined with a particular appeal to the British Raj-era English middle class. This reputation was staked primarily on their superbly crafted artisanal vellum ware, which they started producing in the 1900s after a short stint manufacturing Majolica.
Crown Devon is now world-famous for these amongst collectors, with many collectors demanding nothing less than its vellum ware. Items with a cream-colored background are particularly prized, and the two most desirable patterns are the Royal Devon and the Spring patterns (both released prior to the Art Deco period of the 1930s). It is common to see well-preserved ceramics in these patterns priced at several hundred pounds per item.
Arguably, Crown Devon wares age extremely well and many items are just as popular today as the day they were first released. These ceramics have become increasingly rare as demand for them has surged since the company shut down in 1982.
Based on the pottery mark, this English-made antique is between 86-99 years old. It has some crazing and fine cracks on the inner side (possibly due to the manufacturing process), but no chipping or any other defect that could compromise its looks or strength–pretty good for a little pot almost a century old.
A perfect addition to a classy 1920’s and 1930’s style English decor, this is also poised to become a highly valuable heirloom within the next 10-20 years.
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