Here be Dragons

My favourite design on Aller Vale Pottery is the mythical beast – the DRAGON.

It is also the rarest, with probably less than 10 examples known.

The dragon is an extension to a scroll pattern, and allows the decorator freedom to use their imagination. The 2 decorators associated with this are Charles Collard and Bill Howard.

Dragons also feature in some of the, equally rare, Grotesques made at the Aller Vale Pottery.

These pots would all date to around 1895 to 1905.

The small jardiniere on blue ground, decorated by Domenico Marcucci, would date from around 1890 and is less rare.


 

Dragon as decoration

Aller Vale Tray, decorated in the B1 pattern with a Dragon design by Collard. Notice the spindly legs, using brown slip. Aller Vale Jardiniere, B3 pattern with a Dragon design by Collard or Howard, 8ins
Aller Vale Vase, decorated with a Dragon with elaborate scrolling pattern on cream ground, 12ins Aller Vale Vase, decorated with a Dragon with elaborate scrolling pattern on cream ground, 10ins
Aller Vale small Jardiniere, 5ins high. Marcucci-style Dragon

Dragon as moulded Grotesque

Aller Vale Candleholder, in the form of a Dragon, shape no. 1540, 4ins high Aller Vale Candleholder, in the form of a Dragon, shape no.1540, 4ins high
Aller Vale Posy Holder, modelled as a Dragon, shape no. 1541, 3ins high
Aller Vale Vase, of moulded white clay with a moulded Dragon wrapped around the lower half, 10ins Aller Vale Jug, a moulded Dragon creating the handle and spout, 12ins