Over the last 20 years Iâ€™ve been lucky enough to turn a life-long interest in â€œold thingsâ€ into my current day jobs â€“ auctioneering in Emsworth Auctions and running an antiques & collectables shop, Emsworth Antiques Etc. in the townâ€™s West Street.
Last time I told you a bit about the rising â€˜collectablesâ€™ market, which includes the work of potters such as John Beusmans in his Cornwall-based Carn Pottery â€“ tipped on TV to be â€œthe next Troikaâ€.
This time, I want to feature some of Johnâ€™s pottery plaques, which have largely been produced in earlier years, although there are some more recent pieces turning up on internet sales sites at around Â£200 â€“ see this example signed and dated 2010 on the back. (Plaque 1)
While quite a number of his pots are unsigned â€“ some even without the pottery back-stamp â€“ for some reason John has signed most, if not all of his plaques.
The images and subjects of these plaques are drawn from the Cornish landscape â€“ the tin mines (Plaque 2) and coast (Plaque 3) being favourites. These vintage pieces of pottery will generally cost you around Â£100 - Â£200 depending on the size and popularity of the motif, while some of the larger and rarer pieces change hands closer to Â£500.
The dramatic and mysterious â€˜maze plaquesâ€™ (Plaque 4) are circular and darkly coloured, and nowadays cost about Â£250 - Â£300.
All Carn Pottery plaques are pierced and wired for displaying on the wall and, if you find an Unsigned one, youâ€™ll have a rare piece.
Next time Iâ€™ll keep my promise and tell you about Johnâ€™s owls and pussycats (but no pea-green boats, Iâ€™m afraid).