Tuscan Decoro Pottery
History & Description
Due to its name, Tuscan Decoro pottery is often mistakenly believed to originate from northern Italy. However, Tuscan Decoro pottery was actually produced by R. H. & S. L. Plant Ltd., a ceramic manufacturer based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The company was founded in 1898 and began to produce the Tuscan Decoro line between 1933 and 1944.
Early Tuscan Decoro pottery was typically finished in pastel colours and consisted of flowers such as daisies, African violets, dahlias, roses and blossoms or featured Art Deco patterns complimented with small floral backgrounds. Later items had darker colours on pastel backgrounds and featured flowers with intertwining leaves or vines.
Guide for collectors
R. H. & S. L. Plant Ltd. produced a wide range of pottery products in the Tuscan Decoro line, including fruit bowls, jugs, candle holders, tea and coffee pots, salad dishes, urns, wall vases and tableware. The majority of Tuscan Decoro products have the mark DECORO POTTERY HAND PAINTED IN ENGLAND, which is located on the base of the product.
Tuscan Decoro pottery products very rarely appear at national auction houses but are occasionally advertised on internet bidding sites, such as eBay.
Notable auction sales
On March 31st 2007 at Eastbourne Auction Rooms in Eastbourne, East Sussex, a hand-painted Tuscan Decoro pottery basket, made by R. H. & S. L. Plant Ltd., realised a price of £20.
On March 18th 2012, a Tuscan Decoro pottery fruit bowl was sold on eBay for £16.07.
On February 26th 2012, a hand-painted Tuscan Decoro pottery Art Deco jug was sold on eBay for $24.99.
On May 4th 2007 at Davidson Auctions in Annandale, New South Wales, Australia, a hand-painted Tuscan Decoro pottery Art Deco bowl realised a price of AU$20.
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