This is a highly collectable little piece of antique Scottish Art Pottery.
I really love this blue and white prunus decoration on these pieces of antique Scottish pottery.
This little open bowl was made by Mak Merry pottery and is signed on the base. The main body colour is blue with a grey-green coloured wash band around the base section. It is a delicate and simple pattern. There is a decorative band near the rim - with white Prunus blossoms set against a vivid blue sky. They are so beautiful and make me think of Japanese prints. There is a green band around the rim - which matches the twin lime green handles on either side.
It is one of many of my Mak Merry pieces in my online shop.
I have taken lots of images for your inspection.
CONDITION. This piece - although it has no chips or cracks - seems to have discoloured with age to the interior There is some general all over light craquelure - but not so disfiguring - and inside the dish the ceramic body appears to have changed from more of its original white shade to a darker grey-beige colour. There also seems to be a few old light grey stains or spot marks, as photographed.
The handles are without damage or restoration.
I was unsure whether to list it or not due to it not being tip-top - but decided that it still displays well - and if I listed it at a lower price someone might wish to add it to a "start-up" collection.
It is about 2 1/2 inches in height and the diameter at the widest point is about 5 inches. Handle to handle is 6 1/2 inches.
UK Posting is going to be £4.95 - and this is with Royal Mail Recorded Delivery. This will be applied at the checkout.
HISTORY: The MakMerry pottery grew out of the Scottish Women's Rural Institute, which was founded in 1917 in the Scottish town Macmerry by Catherine Blair.
Catherine had previously been an active Suffragist, campaigning for 'Votes for Women' and had a history of promoting female independence and equality. She became involved in the suffragette movement was by writing countless letters to the press about the plight of women.
In 1920 MakMerry was set up as the trading arm of the Institute. Initially, members invested small sums of money and produced food items for sale – but they soon moved into producing fine craftworks as well – one of the crafts was pottery decoration. They hand-painted smaller household items such as plates, shallow bowls, lidded pots and the sweetest teapots – and all these are instantly identifiable and often featured delicate and stylized floral patterns.