DESPITE the fact that Denby Pottery has been a steadfast name in English ceramics since its formation in 1809, relatively little has been written about
its wares. This reference work, which is the first definitive guide of its kind, will prove essential reading for the increasing number of Denby antique enthusiasts.
The authors have spent twenty years recording the diverse range of products manufactured by Denby Pottery over the decades, from the rugged stoneware bottles and jars of the early 19th century to the distinctive and highly acclaimed tableware designs of the 1950s and 1960s. It is through their efforts that the antique market now has a better understanding of Denby Pottery's wares.
SINCE the publication of our book Denby Stonewares: A Collector's Guide in October 1995, the interest in all aspects of collectable Denby has continued
to grow steadily and there has been an upsurge in the number of enthusiastic collectors.
We were delighted when the Derby Museum & Art Gallery agreed to host the first-ever major exhibition of Denby Stonewares; this popular exhibition was staged from 22 March to 25 May 1997. During this period it was estimated that some 10,000 people visited the Museum, and both serious collectors and casual browsers alike were amazed by the superb quality and diversity of the artefacts on display.
Through the exhibition we have been fortunate to meet the descendants of old workers who have some wonderful reminiscences and stories of life at Denby Pottery in past decades; we have also been privileged to enjoy and photograph many beautiful and rare pieces in their private collections.
This book lists many of the exhibits in the Denby Stonewares Exhibition and is a photographic celebration of this important event. We have also set out to feature some of the superlative pieces, together with the fascinating new archive information and pottery marks which have come to the forefront during the last two years.
We trust that this supplementary volume will prove as interesting and useful a guide to collecting and identifying Denby pieces as did Denby Stonewares.
THE name Denby is very close to our home and to our hearts, as we were born and bred virtually within sight of the Pottery; we remember from our
childhood, the Marmaduke Rabbit doorstop and the small Electric Blue Trumpet vase filled with spills on our grandparents' mantelpiece.
Our interest in Denby Stonewares was nurtured from the time we met, and has continued throughout our married life; it seemed only natural that two people living and working away from their native Derbyshire should begin collecting artefacts which reminded them of home. On our first visit to a local village auction in rural Leicestershire, some twenty years ago, we purchased a box of 'odds' which contained a vase of Electric Blue glaze, and this 'find' set us on course for what has proved to be a fascinating and absorbing leisure time pursuit, and ultimately a business.
To many people, Denby pots are the plates, cups, teapots and cookware that are used in the day-to-day ritual of eating meals. However, few people realise what an interesting and varied history the Pottery has. Our pursuit of old Denby has taken us to every corner of the country, visiting hundreds of antiques fairs, centres, shops and markets, and the constant handling of the pieces has developed in us an appreciation of Derbyshire stoneware. Although over the years we accumulated a wealth of information about Denby, it was evident that little had been written about the Pottery and its products. So, in response to the ever-increasing number of collectors, together with the encouragement of the Pottery, we decided to put pen to paper and write the first book on Denby
Having decided to write the book we then began ensuring that the information already to hand was correct, as well as obtaining the information that was
still required. During this time, we have met many fellow admirers of the excellent workmanship and originality of style that have come from the Denby Pottery over the years, and we have been truly grateful for the generosity of some of these collectors, for access to entire collections for comparison, admiration and or photographic purposes.
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