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|Antique Lovatts Stoneware is pottery produced by the English manufacturer Lovatt’s Potteries.
Brief history and description
Lovatt’s Potteries, based in Nottinghamshire, England, was first established under another name – ‘Lovatt & Lovatt’ – in 1895. The company sprang from a larger company named Calvert & Lovatt, and their name change occurred in 1931.
Lovatt’s Potteries were later purchased in the late 1950s by J Bourne and Son. The company became famous for their stoneware, with popular designs marketed as ‘Langley Ware’ and ‘Lovique Ware’.
The pottery closed in 1982.
Guide for collectors
Antique Lovatt’s stoneware has sold for widely varying prices at both mainstream and specialist auctioneers, as well as featuring at antique shops and in online auctions such as those found at eBay, where prospective collectors may find surprisingly low prices, as well as rarer pieces.
However, as with all purchases conducted in this way, collectors are also advised to carefully assess the condition of pieces as well as seeking specialist assistance if in doubt as to the authenticity of a particular piece.
Further information on the history and accurate identification of antique Lovatt’s stoneware can be found online at the Langley Pottery Society website.
On 15th April 2007, New Orleans Auction, St. Charles Gallery, Inc. sold a fine two-piece Lovatt’s stoneware cachepot and pedestal dated from 1895-1900, featuring a frieze of white daisies and green foliage, for $650.
In the middling price range for a piece of this kind, Richard D. Hatch & Associates sold a Lovatts stoneware syrup pitcher for $70 on 6th June 2003.
At a lower price point, a Lovatt’s stoneware jardinière with enamelled and gilt decoration sold for $20 from Eastbourne Auction Rooms on 12th May 2007, Phoebus Auction Gallery sold a green Lovatt’s stoneware pitcher for $15 on 29th January 2012, and Eastbourne Auction Rooms sold a Lovatt’s painted stoneware vase featuring a flower motif on 21st October 2006 for just $9.
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