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Poole Pottery

A beacon of Art Deco ingenuity, Poole pottery is one of the most celebrated pottery producers of England's Dorset coast. Renowned for its innovative pottery patterns from Aegean to Twintone, Poole pottery vases and plates defined an era of modern ceramic design.

The company that would become known as Poole was first founded in 1873 by Jesse Carter, who purchased a defunct ornamental brick and tile company, renaming it Carter's Industrial Tile Manufactory. This industrial production was replaced with art pottery in the early 20th century, when Jesse's son, Owen, took control of the company. This artistic aesthetic was only furthered when Owen's nephew, Cyril, took the corporate helm around 1920. It was at this point that Cyril added designers Harold and Phoebe Stabler as well as John and Truda Adams, a collaboration that would cause Poole's popularity to skyrocket.

Poole soon became a recognized leader in Art Deco art pottery design, creating novel patterns alongside souvenir pieces that are still celebrated today by antique pottery collectors.


Quick Facts

  • The original Carter's company was commissioned to create much of the tile featured in the early London Underground subway stations. Only a few stations like London's Bethnal Green still showcase these tiles, which were adorned with London landmarks
  • Poole pottery is so treasured that some of the company's pieces are featured in the collection of London's Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Poole pottery's main facility officially closed in 2006, but Poole pieces are still being created by the Royal Overhouse Manufactory in Stoke-on-Trent

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Poole Twin Tone Part Coffee Set - 16 pieces , pink and grey.
Nov 30, 7:00 PM AEDT
Poole Twin Tone Part Coffee Set - 16 pieces , pink and grey.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
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Poole Pottery (8) Assorted Pieces [England]
Dec 01, 9:00 AM PST
Poole Pottery (8) Assorted Pieces [England]
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Est: $50- $75
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Poole Pottery (7) Assorted Pieces [Row Boat]
Dec 01, 9:00 AM PST
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Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
A Poole pottery figurine, Katherine.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM GMT
A Poole pottery figurine, Katherine.
by Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers
Est: £10- £20
£100 Bids
SET OF 5 POOLE POTTERY PLATES
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
SET OF 5 POOLE POTTERY PLATES
by Capsule Gallery Auction
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
A Vintage Poole Pottery Ceramic Serving Platter. 35 x 22cm. Marking on base.
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
A Vintage Poole Pottery Ceramic Serving Platter. 35 x 22cm. Marking on base.
by Cadmore Auctions
Est: £20- £40
£200 Bids
Poole Pottery Abstract Patterned Vase, height 19cm
Dec 09, 10:00 AM GMT
Poole Pottery Abstract Patterned Vase, height 19cm
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £25- £50
£250 Bids
Poole Pottery Figure of Penguin Rabbit & pin dish(3)
Dec 09, 10:00 AM GMT
Poole Pottery Figure of Penguin Rabbit & pin dish(3)
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £20- £40
£200 Bids
Poole (England) Style 863 Magnolia White Vase
Dec 01, 9:00 AM PST
Poole (England) Style 863 Magnolia White Vase
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
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3pc Vintage Poole Pottery Floral Tableware
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
3pc Vintage Poole Pottery Floral Tableware
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids

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Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC

Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC

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Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers

Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers

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