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Great News. Mr Ian Turner´s Research on the Dean Family Ceramic Artists

I have been in contact with Mr Ian Turner who is a keen collector of Forester art pottery amongst other examples and has spent many years researching the Dean family of ceramic artists. He has devoted lots of time to this work and is shortly going to publish a paper with his detailed findings. In the meantime he has sent me a little taster of the information I have desperately sought in the past and not been able to find up to now. Below is a copy of the information he has sent on to me :-

The peacocks on your website are NOT Trogon Ware they are ‘Argus Ware’. Trogon Ware are hollowware and plaques with the tropical bird facing forward and always signed R Dean in the mould. Argus Ware peacocks are sometimes signed ‘A Dean’ but the signature is rarely visible, again in the mould. Also, none of the illustrated pieces are tubelined: they are all pseudo-tubelined, made in a mould to look like tube-lining but much cheaper to manufacture, and all are identical although coloured differently, as you know.
That’s by-the-way.
To answer your question about the Deans fully I’d have to disclose all my research findings, which I’m not yet ready for. But I can tell you that Ronald and Albert Dean were two of Thomas Dean’s sons and that all three designed for Foresters at various times and that Ronald Dean ended his career at Foresters as works manager immediately prior to the Second World War. Trogon Ware was designed by Ronald and Argus Ware by Albert, but by far the most interesting wares were those by their father Thomas who was a freelance artist and ceramicist working, at various times, for Minton, Wedgwood, Watcombe, Spode/Copeland and Foresters, and I either own or have images of his signatures on pieces from all these factories which I shall (hopefully) publish eventually.

I have sincerely thanked Ian very much for his contribution which has added immensely to the little information I have been able to find up to now. He has told me that he hopes to publish his full research paper in the Northern Ceramic Society Journal. I, for one, am anxiously awaiting this fascinating history of a very artistic family.

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