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Posted 4 years ago


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This is an interesting pottery "canister" that has a side "pocket" with piece above it to maybe hold other utensils? What's really unusual about this is the spoon that came with the piece... it has holes drilled into the bowl of the bowl of the spoon, which is shown in the 3rd picture. I've never seen a piece like this before, but keep thinking it may be of oriental design?
Two things have me baffled at this point... what is the purpose of this canister/jar, and is the mark on the bottom familiar to anyone? I try searching on "RP" pottery and keep get hits for Rookwood! Maybe I am looking at the signature wrong? HELP!
Piece is just over 5 inches tall w/out lid, and has a diameter at the mouth of about 4 inches.

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  1. maryh1956 maryh1956, 4 years ago
    Love It! I think it may be for honey or syrup, the hole keep the honey on the spoon for drizzling, and the side piece is to store this spoon at the table, The spoons are usually ridged, so this s a little different. I will see if I can find the maker.
  2. TheIbbit TheIbbit, 4 years ago
    Yes, it's a lovely piece! But, the holes don't seem large enough to allow honey to drip through? And, I should note that the spoon is very rigid... the wood almost appears to be like heavy bamboo. Yet, the lid is more like oak. They all seem to go together, but all different materials. Very odd. Much appreciate your interest, and (hopefully) feedback. I have several pieces that have "signatures" glazed on, so I am very interested to see where this goes. Cheers!
  3. Sfinds, 4 years ago
    My first impression is a canister to hold olives by the shape of the spoon and it is a studio piece, maybe from a pottery in the surrounding area. Just a guess, though. Good luck on your search.
  4. Hunter Hunter, 4 years ago
    I like the olive idea - so the juice/oil can be drained off when serving.
  5. maryh1956 maryh1956, 4 years ago
    The honey doesn't go through the holes in yhe spoon, the holes are just there to keep the honey from dropping quite so quickly!
  6. TheIbbit TheIbbit, 4 years ago
    Sfinds/Hunter, I like the idea of olive jar, but maryh1956 thinks honey/syrup jar. Frankly, I think the spoon is intended to stay in the jar, since placing it in the side pocket would get messy. But, could this be for a tea drinker? Jar for honey, and side pocket for used tea bag? That would make some sense. However, I still like the idea of keeping olives in the jar, but then what would the side pocket be for? Banging my head! ;o)
  7. maryh1956 maryh1956, 4 years ago
    Here's another idea- the wooden drizzler doesn't belong to the set, but should be a wide, flat brush for BBQ sauce or oil. I've seen them somewhere, but I can't remember where.
  8. TheIbbit TheIbbit, 4 years ago
    maryh1956, I have also seen similar pieces for BarBQ sauce. However, my piece has a lid that has been cut to fit the spoon perfectly, which leads me to believe the lid and spoon were made specifically for this piece. I was hoping someone might recognize the signature on the piece, since this might lead to the potter's area of interest when creating their pieces? Of course, the beauty of pottery is that we can always create new uses for pieces like this, which is only limited by our imagination ;o)
  9. maryh1956 maryh1956, 4 years ago
    That's right. I didn't have any luck with the maker's mark I'm afraid. An Australian potter named Reg Preston might need further investigation, his signature takes different forms, similar in style to yours, but I couldn't find an exact match
  10. TheIbbit TheIbbit, 4 years ago
    You're as intrigued with this piece as I am, and appreciate the comment about Reg Preston. A new name for me, and his work is fantastic! However, I did notice on the pieces he made that had lids the lids were all pottery/stoneware like the main piece. So, unless my piece has a replacement lid, I suspect he's probably not the one we're looking for. I also noticed he did sign most of the pieces I saw "Preston". Time for bed... thanks for hanging in there!

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