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A gentleman from Connecticut USA sent me these images of an Albert Dean piece.

This piece is interesting as it is inscribed by Albert Dean rather than tube lined in the mould as described by Ian Turner in an earlier post.

I think it must be an early piece. It is really curious as the backstamp indicates pre 1893 and it doesn´t carry the Ltd.

However we know that A Dean worked for Thomas Forester nearer to the 1920s. It is a real quandary.

Here is an extract from a message, about Ian Forester´s family coffee table and the platter image forwarded to me by Nick Boston, sent to me by Ian Turner who has researched the Dean family and their time at Forester´s :- he writes “I’ve had a good look at both. They are clearly by the same artist, and I’m surprised that they are not signed. I’d look very carefully at the back of the plate and the base of the table. If there’s no signature then it’s informed guesswork on my part, but I think they are both by Thomas Dean. He was born in 1855. He was apprenticed at Minton, probably under William Mussill, and certainly decorated wares there and at Wedgwood and Copeland/Spode: I have pictures of plates and vases by both firms painted with BIRDS. He was working in Devon at the Watcombe pottery in the early 1880s, where two of his sons were born, but was back in the Potteries by 1888 and in the 1891 census was living at 13 Belgrave Road in Longton. He was noted as a flower and bird painter and later taught at the Hanley School of Art. I own one of his oils – of a kingfisher.”  I suppose the information provided by Ian means that the jardinaire could have been produced at the earlier date i.e. late 1890s by Thomas´son Albert maybe as a trial piece. I just don´t know. I will get Ian Turner´s opinion and will post it in the future.

Vyto Karmazinas’ Dean Vase Early 1920s

Vyto Karmazinas’ Dean Vase Early 1920s

Vyto Karmazinas’ Dean Vase Early 1920s

Vyto Karmazinas’ Dean Vase Early 1920s

Vyto Karmazinas’ Dean Vase Early 1920s

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