This elegant work of Art Deco design is by Mr Symcox c.1936 for Beswick Pottery. Mr. Symcox worked for Beswick between 1933 to 1942, a notable freelance sculptor and designer for Beswick.
Even and well balanced, the combination of the geometric angular and curved accents are iconic to the Art Deco design influences of the times. The Satin Matt glaze of this piece was introduced by James Hayward of Beswick around the time this candleholder was designed. The hand painted glaze is applied in the rarer striped arrangement of Cinnamon, Gingerbread to Caramel browns, with paler tones of Pineapple yellow and Turquoise offset against Pale Cream.
The application of the sumptuous glaze is applied in a marbled manner that gives the impression of the moments when liquids rush and fuse together. The form of this piece is stylistically timeless and not often found, however, the combination of the form with the striped colour palette makes it a particularly rare find.
Excellent. There are no chips, cracks or repairs. The most significant wear is age-related micro-crazing that is commensurable with the age of the piece. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base bears the inscribed stamp 'MADE IN ENGLAND, BESWICK WARE, 423'
Height: c. 5" / 12.8 cm. Width: c. 6.4" / 16.2 cm (across widest point). Base Measurements: c. 3.9" / 10 cm X c. 3.1" / 7.8 cm. Candleholders take candles sized: c. " 0.9 / 2.3 cm in diameter. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.5 kg / 480 g
Candleholder will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Beswick Pottery 1892 - 2002
The Beswick firm was founded as 'J W Beswick' in 1892 by James Beswick and his sons in Staffordshire and originally produced tableware and ornaments. The pottery was chiefly known for producing high-quality porcelain figurines such as animals and Beatrix Potter characters that have become highly sought after in the collectables market.
Following James Beswick's death in 1921, his grandson John took over and continued to expand the business. In 1934, introduced a new range of jugs, bowls and vases decorated with new matte glazes. Responding to the Modernist design influence of the time, many of these highly distinctive shapes were designed by Mr Symcox. These works were often decorated in 'satin-matt' glazes using soft pastel colours running into each other or arranged in striking modern geometric blocks and lines. Beswick would go on to become known for their ceramic animal figures before being taken over by Royal Doulton in 1969 and finally closing in the early 2000s.