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Clarice Cliff for Collectors
Greg Slater

The first easy-to-handle, yet detailed reference on acquiring, managing and taking pleasure in a Clarice Cliff collection.

Recommended by The Clarice Cliff Collectors Club.

Greg Slater's last book, the bestselling Comprehensively Clarice Cliff, was the definitive volume on identifying the decorative patterns in Clarice Cliff's work. This new book is a concise, accessible and practical reference for collectors of every level of experience, from novice to expert, who want to build, display and care for a collection of Clarice Cliff's ceramics. Much more than a guide to patterns and shapes, this book will inspire you to create original thematic displays, and shows how themes based on colour, pattern, season or style, and the use of ceramics around the home, were at the heart of Cliff's creative vision. Written by a collector of unparalleled experience, and with reproductions of pattern book illustrations and original sales material from the Wilkinson and Newport potteries, this is a key purchase for all lovers of Clarice Cliff ceramics and Art Deco design.
  • Shows how a collection of Clarice Cliff can be enjoyed as a decorative part of the home, not locked away in a cabinet.
  • Illustrates over 400 ceramic pieces organized primarily by type of 'ware', such as jugs, vases and plates, accompanied by detailed captions.
  • 256 pages, 500 Illustrations, 480 in colour.
£18.95
Published May 2009.

To order the new title for only £11.30, saving £7.65 with FREE UK delivery please see Clarice Cliff for Collectors.

ISBN-10: 0500288194
ISBN-13: 978-0500288191
Members wishing to post comments on the new title should post in The new 'Clarice Cliff for Collectors' book.
 
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The following review was published in 'The Collectables Trader' June 2009.
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The recently released Clarice Cliff for Collectors written by Greg Slater provides a wealth of information on the prodigious output of one of the most influential ceramic designers of the 20th century. As editor of Agora, a magazine for collectors of Clarice Cliff, Slater's insights are invaluable for both novice and seasoned collectors. This compact and easy to access volume is in essence a distilling of the information found in his initial book appropriately titled Comprehensively Clarice Cliff (2005).

Exploring the more practical aspects to collecting, Slater had divided the book into three sections. The first is essentially a summary of the more detailed information found in his first publication. It covers biography, works, pattern names and numbers, backstamps, and shape numbers. This is essential information when determining if a piece is original or a recently made copy, as identifying Clarice Cliff pieces can be confusing.

The problem is that the Wilkinson factory archives are incomplete and not all Clarice Cliff pieces are marked with her name. Some are unmarked or bear only the A J Wilkinson stamp, which indicates the pieces are hand-painted but might not be her work. It is a mistaken belief that everything produced at the pottery was hers. Slater addresses this by providing assigned working names where there are no known pattern numbers. Working names are indicated by inverted commas.

Also covered in this first section are strategies on how to display effectively a small or large collection. The illustrated archival advertising material Clarice used to promote her wares gives an insight into her marketing strategies and provides collectors with the opportunity to display works in concert with Clarice Cliff's original intentions.

The second section is the most detailed, covering the Clarice Cliff range. Much thought has gone into the page layout. The book may be compact but each design and shape is clearly illustrated with crisp clear shots of the pieces supplemented with archival images. The captions provide essential information - pattern name, range, date of manufacture, decoration method, name of designer and measurements.

As the book is a practical guide, this section is subdivided into categories, the demarcations easily identified in the contents page, which is further organised into colour coded sections. Slater has divided the range into four chapters: vases, jugs and floral display; display plates; tablewares; fancies. These are then subdivided into specific wares. For example, under fancies is found bookends and inkwells.

What all collectors will find indispensable is the third section devoted to the all-important subjects of storage, damage, conservation and restoration. Invaluable tips on insurance, minimising risks to pieces and understanding the effects of time on ceramics provides collectors with clearly explained options such as conservation as opposed to restoration. Slater offers the argument that under certain circumstances it is valid to leave a damaged piece in that state. The reason being where damage does not mar the original design element it can be considered to be part of the piece's history, such as the use of metal staples, an early repair technique.

Other useful pointers include information on general care, original fittings and using Clarice Cliff or Wilkinson tableware. Slater warns against using original pieces, pointing out, amongst other thingsm that hot liquid can cause the earthenware to crack. The suggestion is to use modern reproductions.

Other topics include de-accessing a collection or donating to institutions - subjects not generally covered in reference books. The final section is on cataloguing a collection. The author has illustrated his personal database and input screen. Clear and easy to follow, collectors of all disciplines will find this very useful.

There is a brief guide for buying options, a list of Clarice Cliff collecting societies, further reading suggestions and an introduction to determining value and rarity. As with all quality publications, there is an index. This one however is specifically a pattern index, which is what a collector needs when looking to make that all-important purchase making it an ideal companion to take on collecting forays.

The book delivers what its title promises, though serious collectors should use it in conjunction with more scholarly references. Collectors should also be aware that it is not complete for as Greg Slater points out, A J Wilkinson did not keep good records and unrecognised designs are waiting to be discovered - leading the way for another reference on the inimitable Clarice Cliff.
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Please note: 'The Clarice Cliff Collectors Club' is registered as a 'Not For Profit Organisation' owned by its members and has no affiliations with 'Age Of Jazz Limited', formed in 2000 or its directors, a Messrs Griffin & Hutton who misrepresent themselves by using our registered name in their commercial trading style.
 
Country: The CCCC is registered in England and Wales as a non profit making organisation owned by its members. Number 3212959.

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The following was published in 'Antiques Info'.
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Concise and easy to understand information with invaluable advice on identifying genuine pieces
Secretary.
The Clarice Cliff Collectors Club.
www.claricecliff.org

Please note: 'The Clarice Cliff Collectors Club' is registered as a 'Not For Profit Organisation' owned by its members and has no affiliations with 'Age Of Jazz Limited', formed in 2000 or its directors, a Messrs Griffin & Hutton who misrepresent themselves by using our registered name in their commercial trading style.
 
Country: The CCCC is registered in England and Wales as a non profit making organisation owned by its members. Number 3212959.

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The following review was published in 'Collect It magazine' February 2010.
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This book claims to be the first on the subject that shows the reader how to maintain and enjoy a collection as well as being a guide to the individual pieces. It's a comprehensive guide, covering vases, jugs and floral display items; display plates; tableware; fancies; plus Clarice Cliff for children and moulded ware, each section well illustrated and with detailed captions. Usefully, in adition to the information on dating and backstamps, there are suggestions for displaying a collection.
Secretary.
The Clarice Cliff Collectors Club.
www.claricecliff.org

Please note: 'The Clarice Cliff Collectors Club' is registered as a 'Not For Profit Organisation' owned by its members and has no affiliations with 'Age Of Jazz Limited', formed in 2000 or its directors, a Messrs Griffin & Hutton who misrepresent themselves by using our registered name in their commercial trading style.
 
Country: The CCCC is registered in England and Wales as a non profit making organisation owned by its members. Number 3212959.
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