The inaugural sale at the company’s new London location will offer works from Warhol, Koons, Richter and Banksy.
W. H. Grindley & Co. Ltd. was a British ceramic manufacturer based in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
History & Description
The company was founded in 1880 by William Harry Grindley and operated from the Newfield Pottery factory in the small town of Tunstall. In 1891, the company moved to the Woodfield Pottery factory, also located in Tunstall.
W. H. Grindley & Co. Ltd. produced a wide range of ceramic products, predominantly from earthenware or ironstone china, for the Canadian, South American, Australian and American markets.
The company was purchased by Alfred Clough Ltd. in 1960 and was renamed Grindley of Stoke (Ceramics) Ltd. in 1978. Federated Potteries Co. Ltd. acquired the company in 1982 only for the business to be re-purchased by the Grindley family in 1988.
In 1991, the company was taken over by Woodlands Pottery.
Guide for collectors
W. H. Grindley & Co. Ltd. pottery is very rarely sold through national auction houses. In addition, it is also extremely uncommon for lots consisting solely of Grindley items to be sold. Instead, it is much more likely for Grindley products to be included in lots consisting of various pottery trademarks and companies.
However, it is possible to purchase individual Grindley products – in lieu of purchasing whole dinnerware sets – on internet bidding sites such as eBay,
Notable auction sales
On March 29th 2012, a sixty piece set of W. H. Grindley & Co. Ltd. pottery dinnerware, circa 1950s, was sold on eBay for $109.99.
On March 5th 2012, an Art Deco pottery teapot by W. H. Grindley & Co. Ltd., circa 1920s, was sold on eBay for £77.
On September 26th 2009 at St. Charles Gallery Inc. in New Orleans, Louisiana, a set of twelve W. H. Grindley & Co. Ltd. pottery dinner plates, circa first-quarter of the twentieth century, realised a price of $80.
On December 2nd 2007 at Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California, a partial Art Deco W. H. Grindley & Co. Ltd. pottery dinnerware set, circa 1950s, realised a price of $80.
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