Alfred Meakin Tea Leaf Ironstone Antique Pitcher Bamboo Body Pre-1897

This Tea Leaf ironstone pitcher was made by the firm of Alfred Meakin (1875-1976)


This Tea Leaf ironstone pitcher was made by the firm of Alfred Meakin (1875-1976) in Tunstall, Staffordshire, England, in the 1880s. Pure white with a copper lustre traditional tea leaf centered on the front and back, the body style is called “Bamboo” and the hand painted trim is copper lustre as well. The printed black mark on the bottom includes the words “Royal Ironstone China” and “Alfred Meakin England.” In the center is a logo that mimics that of the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, complete with the quote “Honi soit qui mal y pense” (from the French “Shame be to him who thinks evil of it”), the motto of the British Order of the Garter. The mark does not include “Ltd.” (Limited) in the firm’s name, which dates it to pre-1897, when that designation was added.

This pitcher is in excellent condition, with extremely fine crazing to the glaze and minor flaking to the lustre but no damage or staining–it’s glossy and immaculate. It measures 7 1/4 inches tall to the tops of both the handles and the spout, 6 3/4 inches across from spout to handle and 3 1/2 inches front to back. It weighs about 1 1/2 pounds. A lovely, barely used addition to a collection, it’s also usable for serving.


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Item Name
Harding Black Pitcher
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Item #
PYH – 4134

Native Texan Harding Black (1912-2004) was one of the pioneers of the studio pottery movement in America, known for most of his life as “The Dean of Texas Ceramics.” He produced some remarkable forms in clay, but his real passion was the study and formulation of esoteric glazes, like the ones used in ancient China. In 1995, Mr. Black gave Baylor University in Waco his glaze formulas and logs and 12,000 ceramic pieces. In 2015, Baylor presented an exhibition of his work (see photograph #5). To quote Thomas G. Turnquist, American ceramics collector and writer: “I believe Harding Black’s work will stand as a lasting example to all studio potters that will follow. His success will remain a clear and powerful testament to patience, hard work, and spiritual strength.”

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This pitcher of Black’s, predictably, has wonderful glazes: the body is a khaki/olive/caramel color overlaid with midnight blue at the rim, the base and the handle and washed over the interior. The potting ridges from his fingers are clearly evident. The sturdy handle was pulled from the red clay, not applied, and there’s a wide mouth with a small pinched spout. The bottom is unglazed and has Harding Black’s incised signature along with the year 1980. The pitcher’s 5 1/2 inches tall, 6 inches from handle to spout and has a 2 1/2 inch diameter base. It’s in excellent condition.If you love studio pottery as much as we do, you will be proud to have this Harding Black piece as part of your collection.


Studio Pottery Pitcher Hand Thrown Great Abstract Designs

Green and brown drip glaze pitcher handle left

Item Name
Signed Pottery Pitcher Great Designs

This hand thrown studio pottery pitcher has so many designs and textures going on, it’s a decorative delight. The rough tan stoneware clay it’s made of provides a speckled background for the glaze colors of seafoam green, caramel, cream, black and ruby red. There’s a brown drip that runs horizontally below the rim of the mouth and the abstract designs are raised, curved and swirled. The handle was pulled from the clay and given a half seafoam, half caramel color treatment, raised ridges and an interesting pinched treatment at the base. There’s a lovely open, rounded spout. The seafoam green was dripped into the interior, which was given a coat of cream. Only the bottom is unglazed, and is signed with a confident incised mark that we have yet to identify.

The pitcher’s height is about 5 inches, it’s 6 inches from spout to handle and it’s 4 inches from front to back. The piece weighs a little over a pound and is in terrific condition. Since the interior is glazed, it will hold liquids–about 2 1/2 cups (20 ounces). It’s an art pottery piece with lots of flair for a collection or home/office decoration.

PYH 4107

Green and brown drip glaze pitcher bottom mark view


Green and brown drip glaze pitcher rim view



Italica Ars Pitcher from Tuscany

Rooster Pitcher Front View sold-Two-827 x 815-jpg_burned.jpgThis lovely terra cotta pitcher was hand-thrown
and hand painted by potters working for
Italica Ars. This pottery began in the early 1900’s,
but in 1948 it became a cooperative of 24 potters.
They were located in Lastra a Signa, a province of
Florence in Tuscany. The company was liquidated
in 2009.

The mellow colors, including the background one
which looks like yellow ware, give this ceramic
pitcher a very country air. The rooster, which as
is typical for this ware, faces to the left. There is a
rippled rim and motifs of flowers, leaves and scrolls
in blue. Also in blue is the very clear Italica Ars mark
on the bottom. The condition is pristine, with only
minor crazing.

talica Ars Pitcher from Tuscany Back View
This pitcher weighs over 2 pounds and stands 6 ½
inches tall. its base is 3 ½ inches across and at its
widest is 6 ½ inches. The glazes used on this ware
is lead-free and safe for food.

Italica Ars pottery is considered very high quality and
was only sold through high-end stores such as
Nordstrom. Its beauty will complement your home
while being a good investment.


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Yellow Ware Pitcher Morton Pottery Woodland Glaze

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Item Name
Yellow Ware Pitcher
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Pottery – Morton
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Item #
PYH – 3637

This handsome pitcher was made by Morton Pottery of Morton, Illinois, probably in the 1930’s. The green and brown decoration on this pottery, called Woodland Glaze by Morton, was spattered or daubed with a brush onto the pale yellow stoneware and then a clear overglaze was applied. Both the interior and the base are spattered as well as the exterior. The local clay that fired to this pale yellow color was exhausted by 1940; after that the clay was imported from South Carolina and Indiana, and that clay fired snow white.

The pitcher stands about 5 ¼ inches tall and is 4 ¼ inches across the base. Measuring from the outermost edge of the handle to the end of the spout, it is 7 ¼ inches across. There is a thick rim around the top and the body is ribbed.

Condition of this piece is excellent. There are tiny areas of roughness on the front edge of the spout and the upper edge of the handle. Both can be felt but not easily seen. The bottom has minor wear to the rim and some scratching to the clear glaze. There are no chips, flakes, cracks, firing flaws or crazing. The three stilt marks from the kiln are clearly evident on the base.

This 1930’s pitcher looks great wherever you place it in your home. More Details…

American Stoneware Pitcher 19th Century Albany Slip Glaze

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American Stoneware Pitcher
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Pottery – Brown Pitcher
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Item #
PYH – 3635

This large antique stoneware pitcher has a beautiful chocolate brown Albany slip glaze. Albany slip-glazed pottery was made in the 19th century, originally with a clay deposit from the Hudson River near Albany, New York. A slip glaze was made by mixing the clay with water. It melted to form a glass-like coating which was easy to clean and good for holding liquids. The color of the clay used for this pitcher is gray; the glaze was made of a clay that had a high iron content which is why the color will differ on the same piece, as this one does. When it was fired in the kiln, changes in color could occur then, also.

This hand-thrown pitcher has great form and color. There are two incised lines under the thick rim and two more at the point that the body begins to flare into an ovoid shape. The strap handle is finely molded and the upper rim flares out on both sides of the spout.

This is a large, heavy (5 pounds!) pitcher. It stands 9 inches tall and is 5 inches across the base. From the edge of the spout to the outer rim is 4 ¾ inches and from the widest part of the body to the outer edge of the handle is 7 inches.

Utilitarian items like this were used every day; they were often broken and discarded. This pitcher is in great condition. There are two tiny glaze flakes on one side. There are no cracks or chips.

Truly an excellent piece of American stoneware. More Details…

PYH 3635