The Charlotte Rhead Auction

A collection of 250 pieces of Charlotte Rhead pottery will be going under the hammer at Charles Ross Auctioneers on the 5th September. The single owner collection is being presented as the Charlotte Rhead Auction and features plaques, chargers, bowls and under vases designed by Charlotte Rhead for Crown Ducal, Burgess & Leigh and H J Wood among others.

charlotte rhead plaque charger lady with parrot
The collection has a number of rarities including a 1920s Burgess & Leigh (Burleigh Ware) wall plaque, designed by Charlotte Rhead in the 4111 pattern, having a tube-lined decoration of an ornately dressed lady in profile, holding a bunch of grapes in front a parrot, the wings of the bird forming part of the border decoration.  The plaque bears an L (for Lottie) Rhead signature in Charlotte’s own hand and has an estimate of £3,500-£4,000.

charlotte rhead plaque welsh dragon
Other highlights include a 1930s Crown Ducal wall plaque, designed by Charlotte Rhead, having a tube-lined decoration of a red enamelled ‘Welsh’ dragon, the border depicting a Celtic harp with overlapping stylized leaves and inset panels, on a green ground. Estimate £800-£900.

charlotte rhead plaque charger stylized open poppy flowers in red and blue
A 1920s Wood & Sons Bursley Ware wall plaque, designed by Charlotte Rhead, pattern number 1550, having a tube-lined decoration of stylized open poppy flowers in red and blue, on a gold ground with a geometrically patterned border, approx 37cm diameter. Unusually, this example carries a ‘Susie Cooper Crown Works’ stamp, instead of the usual Wood & Sons/Bursley mark. Susie Cooper had taken over the premises at the Crown Pottery from Woods at about the time this plaque was produced, so although it is undoubtedly a Rhead piece, it was perhaps mixed up during the hand over and given the wrong stamp. Estimate £300-£340.

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