Newport Pottery (England) 'Water Lily' Open Vase | Designed by Clarice Cliff | English Majolica
The Newport Pottery Co. Ltd was purchased in 1920 by the Shorter family, owners of the adjacent A. J. Wilkinson Ltd’s Royal Staffordshire Pottery. The pottery was used by its new owners for the manufacture of simple, inexpensive domestic ware and hotelware.
Clarice Cliff joined the firm of A. J. Wilkinson as an apprentice lithographer in 1916 and rose to be the head designer. She married the owner of the business, Arthur Colley Shorter in 1940 and was the final owner of the Shorter businesses following the death of her husband in 1961.
You can read more about Clarice Cliff and her time at Newport Pottery, here:
A fabulous find!
The famous 'Water Lily' open vase, in the harder to find pink variation. This beauty, designed by Clarice Cliff herself, was made in the 1930s.
This exquisite piece of majolica pottery is in excellent vintage (almost antique) condition, with the only bit of wear we can see is a very tiny glaze flake which we've highlighted in the pictures. It is tiny! But mentioned for accuracy. There is some very, very light crazing, but minimal.
Measuring approx 12cm tall x 22.5cm long x 18cm wide.
A true hero piece; would look stunning in any setting.