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by Jonathan Brough,Greg Slater

Over 2,000 patterns and pieces by ceramicist Clarice Cliff and her colleagues at the Wilkinson Pottery: the most complete guide ever published to Cliff's colorful, delightful, and highly collectible work.The dazzling ceramics of Clarice Cliff and the Wilkinson Pottery, which first encouraged her work in the 1920s, are among the most popular collectibles from the twentieth century. Ever since the exuberant colors and bold shapes of Cliff's classic Art Deco pieces first caught the imagination of collectors, auction prices have moved inexorably upwards, reaching over $50,000 for a single item. Now, after years of research, both in the Wilkinson archives and through the oral testimonies of surviving employees, Greg Slater has produced the first comprehensive survey of the work of Clarice Cliff and her largely uncredited colleagues at the Wilkinson Pottery from the 1920s to the 1950s.This massive reference work identifies the origin, name, designer, date, and decoration method of all the significant pieces. Accessible through three indexes—pattern name, number, and backstamp—the book is organized by pattern (including groups assigned by the Wilkinson Pottery and recognizable themes) and also by shape (an instant identifier for ceramics without a backstamp).More than 2,000 illustrations plus a history, bibliography, glossary, and collectors' guide ensure that this will be the definitive book on the subject for generations to come. Over 2,000 illustrations, 1,384 in color.
Download Comprehensively Clarice Cliff epub
ISBN: 0500512302
ISBN13: 978-0500512302
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Other Media
Author: Jonathan Brough,Greg Slater
Language: English
Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st edition (September 1, 2005)
Pages: 448 pages
ePUB size: 1862 kb
FB2 size: 1970 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 200
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I could not believe how inexpensive this "used" but new previous library book (it must never have been checked out!) The pictures are stunning. I knew the book because I friend had it who paid $150 for a new copy. I am simply delighted with the value I received.
I am a US collector of Clarice Cliff and was very much looking forward to this book. The positive: you can find almost any pattern and the dates they were designed and fired. If you need to find a pattern or shape, it should be in this book
The negative: Difficult to discerne the valuable from the run-of-the mill. The color photos are excellent and the application of paint comes alive on many of the objects. There is some controversy whether all the designs listed are really Clarice's. But after reading so many books about her and since she was so reticent about giving information, it is more difficult to argue who designed what and when.
I use the book as a reference, not as a guide for what is the collectible. Since I believe CC's work is very hard to find in the states, it does serve as large enough range if I should ever come across a piece I must have!
I think this book completes my Clarice Cliff obsession. I love it.
This book is a most comprehensive look at a serious form of art. Clarice Cliff is now very collectable - anyone reading this book will see why. Greg Slater is certainly an expert on his subject and has produced a volume to treasure.
When I first got the book, I thought it was the ultimate, but after finally getting through it and analyzing it I find there are about 40 missing designs. I guess it is still pretty but NOT the ultimate.
I find this book to be an incredibly valuable and easy to use reference to Clarice Cliff and Wilkinson pottery. It is 'comprehensive' and so far I haven't been stumped by a pattern that I couldn't find an example of in the book. The background information is comprehensive as well and I can now put shapes and styles into an overall perspective easily without having to browse through 20 difference catalogues and books. In the last 12 years I have purchased every book on Clarice Cliff that I could and they pale into insignificance in comparison with this. The information is not a repeat of other guides available and, in my opinion, the indexing and browsing references are so good that this book should win an award. I eagerly await any further publications by this author. I also think that the price for this book was very reasonable and about half what other references of the same calibre cost.
I have recently purchased this book as when I wrote my first review I was a bookshop browser.I agree with other writers that this book is not comprehensive as to listing all patterns.But hey that is easily fixed up with a few more pictures.However in terms of what is attempts to do..listing shapes and patterns it does a splendid job.Those reviewers that compare this with thin guides to Queen Clarice must be kidding themselves...this book is a mammoth effort and a true labour of love. There is no other book like it in terms of its scale and quality. It happily puts Clarice's work into the context of the contemporary and later production of the Wilkinson factory. Collectors do yourself a favour and buy this buy..especially now that's its so cheap on Amazon.The photos are terrific and are much better than looking at the mini versions in the Christies catalogue.This a book that definetly needs more applause than it has received and is not to be overlooked by the educated or about to be educated collector!!
This book is huge, heavy and looks like a great source of information on Clarice Cliff. But there is a BIG problem - the title is wrong! It is not a "comprehensive" listing of her patterns and shapes as the cover implies, but those produced by the A J Wilkinson factory between 1910 and 1964. It has endless pages of pottery by John Butler a little known designer who worked at the factory from 1910-1930, and also obscure floral patterns by Clarice Cliff's sister Dolly. It also includes many printed patterns whereas every Clarice collector seeks her hand-painted ware. A collector who knows more about this than I do went through the patterns and found 40% of those listed are not by Clarice herself. Also, nearly all the images were supplied by an auction house, so it looks just like an auction catlogue, NOT an art pottery book. I have nearly all the Clarice Cliff books and this was the most expensive and least informative.