Examples of Studio Szeiler Ware
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details of the marks used by Szeiler
details of the Chelsea Pottery Works
this item has
started his figure manufacturing business
in the town of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
- he operated here from c.1951 to 1955 when he moved to the Chelsea Works in nearby Burslem -
mark is c.1962+
Szeiler -Toby- Owain Glyndwr
with the c.1956+ mark
a page from one of the original Studio Szeiler illustrated catalogues
|After Joseph Szeiler died around 1980 the works were continued by a friend of his, Edward Nother - Generally keeping the place running was a huge struggle; they were unable to compete with the large quantities of cheap housewares and ‘cutsie’ animals that were pouring in from overseas, there were restrictions with the site and its rightly protected bottle kiln, and no money to invest for improvements - however one very successful order they did recieve was from the gift shop at the London Zoo.|
The modelling on some of the pieces is exquisite
|London zoo ordered hundreds
and hundreds of animals, and where there wasn’t a mould for one
particular type, they simply changed the decoration on a common mould.
Hence a brown bear, a badger and a polar bear all came from the same
mould; a close look at these will show the face shape is quite
wrong for a couple of them!
There was no more modelling done after Joseph died, and production focussed more on the lifelike animals whose range was enormous and included obscure ones like armadillos, lizards and rhinos.
The modelling on some of these is exquisite. It was these that were bought by the London Zoo and probably Bristol Zoo. None the less the company still produced much of the more eccentric animals and table wares, money boxes etc. which are synonymous with Szeiler Studio.
a brown bear, a badger and a polar bear all came from the same mould
a close look at these will show the face shape is quite wrong for a couple of them!
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