Elton Ware



2015-06-26 10:56:19

Elton ware, also known as Sunflower pottery, was produced at a small scale art pottery established by Sir Edmund Elton in Somerset. The pottery began manufacturing Elton ware in 1881, and continued to do so until 1922.

The pottery produced a plethora of attractive art wares, often highly glazed and slip-decorated, featuring incised botanical designs. Crackle glazes were developed and applied to large scale vessels, such as vases and pitchers.

Elton ware is typically marked “Elton” with painted marks, however, some of these marks were lost during the glazing process so a quantity of genuine ware may appear unmarked.

Collecting information

The Sunflower Pottery produced a vast array of decorative Elton ware from 1881-1922.

Vases, vessels, pitchers, and pots were produced in a range of forms and glazes. Raised slip decoration was popular at the works and crackle glazes experimented with to decorative effect.

Glazes were generally glossy and glassy, forming part or all of the decoration.

The pottery is marked “Elton” in painted marks, yet glazes occasionally mask these marks so the ware may appear unmarked.

Price guide

An Elton ware crackle glaze vase sold for £18 at Bonhams in January 2005.

Two Elton ware, crackle-glazed vases of squat form sold for £340 at Sworders in January 2009.

An Elton ware sunflower vase sold for $225 at Humler and Nolan in June 2007.

A pair of slip-decorated Elton ware vases sold for $190 at Humler and Nolan in June 2007.

An Elton ware art pottery vase sold for $350 at Skinner in January 2011.

An Elton ware ewer sold for £250 at Bonhams in December 2006.


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