A Rising Hawk Long John Silver Egg Cup

A Rising Hawk Long John Silver Egg Cup
Stock No. 479
A moulded Rising Hawk Long John Silver egg Cup with a peg leg, designed by Roger Michell initially for Lustre Pottery and subsequently Rising Hawk . This particular Walking Ware series was only ever made by Lustre Pottery and Rising Hawk, and was never produced by Carlton Ware, - thus its comparative scarcity. Lustre Pottery originally made this series as hand thrown pieces, then when demand increased, they were moulded. After those examples Roger Michell gave Christopher Strangeways the sole right to produce and sell the Long John Silver series through his Rising Hawk pottery as a thank you for his help in generating initial interest in his Walking Ware range, before Carlton Ware took over the production and marketing of all the other Walking Ware series and special pieces in collaboration with Roger and his wife Danka. Most of the Rising Hawk pieces from their Long John Silver series had labels either for Lustre Pottery or Rising Hawk, and over time most of those labels were lost. This particular example has a rarely seen "Rising Hawk England" printed backstamp on the base of the foot. Condition is very good with no damage and very little hardly visible glaze crazing. Dimensions : Height : 2.5 inches (See "Walking Ware A Collectors Guide" by Julia Michell on page 31 item no.18 in the design list.)

Europa and the Bull Gravy Boat designed by Roger Michell

Europa and the Bull Gravy Boat designed by Roger Michell
Stock No. 478
Based on the ancient Greek myth telling the story of Zeus (king of the Gods in the Greek pantheon) taking the form of a bull and coming down to earth to seduce Europa and carry her off! The Gravy boat modelled as ĎEuropa and the Bullí- Europa lying face upwards on the bullís back (and with the bullís head she forms the lid). Designed, individually decorated and made by Roger Michell at his own Lustre Pottery in the 1980s. Only 100 or less were made of this unnumbered issue. (Roger Michell rarely completed 100 examples of any of his studio limited editions, and very few of these have been seen on the secondary market over the last 40 years). The Victoria and Albert museum have an example in their collection. Painted signature "Michell" on the lower left section of Europa's garment.Condition is excellent with two professionally restored hairlines - now invisible. Dimensions : Height 10.4 inches. Length 13.6 inches.