RARE FREDERICK VODREY DUBLIN POTTERY 1872-1897
An extremely rare Pottery Vase of baluster outline with flared neck and circular spreading base. Twin handles moulded with Celtic stylized leaves in mottled Autumn colours of rustic greens and browns.
Condition: This piece is offered in original very good condition, two areas of old restoration at base.
Height: (entire) 12.5” (32cm). Diameter: (base). 4.75” (12cm).
Frederick Vodrey operated a Dublin Pottery business from 1872-1897 with addresses at Henry Street, Mary Street & Moore Street, the last location apperas to have been the main Warehouse with pottery works, see final image which shows a Retail Shop nearby which he owned and sold his wares directly to discerning buyers.
Vodrian Ware (as it became known)first came to public attention at the 1882 Dublin Exhibition where it earned a merit award. This Exhibition had been launched with the specific intent of drawing attention to and nurturing Ireland’s “home industries and manufacturers” of the time. Frederick Vodrey capitalized on this interest by advertising that he only used Irish clays.
Vodrian pieces were simple in form and were particularly praised for their rich highly pigmented glazes such as is clearly visible in this wonderfully rare large example, other examples with striking red glaze (see image) won admiring comparisions to Traditional Chinese oxblood glaze.
The National Museum of Ireland has a collection of similar pieces on permanent display at the Decorative Arts & History facility at Collins Barracks in Dublin.
Catalogued by Patrick Howard.