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Famous Della Robbia pottery in spotlight in Wirral

3rd September 2013

Categories: News

Della Robbia Pottery at Rathbones Studio

From Wirral News

Wirral's famous Della Robbia pottery will be in the spotlight later this month during a historical talk about the famous wares.

Della Robbia studios was situated on Argyle Street, in Birkenhead, at the turn of the 20th century and were known for its brightly coloured pieces.

Today, Della Robbia sell for thousands of pounds and have featured in a number of TV shows about antiques.

Peter Hyland, author and expert on the history of Della Robbia, will be talking about pottery at the event next week, as well as answering questions.

It takes place on Friday, September 13, at Rathbone Studio on Argyle Street – the site where Della Robbia founder Harold Rathbone designed the world famous wares – between 2pm and 5pm.

Collectors and enthusiasts of the classic pottery will get a chance to delve deeper into the objects brought on the day.

The event follows on from a previous talk by Peter.

Rathbone Studio owner Janet Holmes said: “Last time Peter was a guest at the studio he was able to shed light on many of the objects that were brought along by owners.

“He recognised each of the makers by name who had created the pieces.

“I was also contacted by a couple that had found a very rare and valuable pot in a derelict pigs sty. Peter went a long way to solving the mystery of its creator.

“People love to know the stories behind the pottery that they own and having this open day gives them the chance to find the history behind the beauty, and sometimes the value which is always exciting.

“I hold pottery courses here at the studio. It is wonderful to think that one of my students may be as sought after as the work of the potters that produced the instantly recognisable Della Robbia ware.”

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