The following treasure is from the living estate of Ailene & Buddy Ford; noted dealers and lifelong collectors of exceptional antique & vintage heirlooms. The Ford estate presents highly valuable items from a diverse group of genres, 95% + in excellent condition. This exquisite estate has something for every eclectic collector! xxxxxxxxxxx. The AEAA is proud to present this ca. 1900-1910 Scarce Watcombe Terracotta Clay Co. hand enameled pottery & EPNS lidded crumpet jar. The under glaze accents plus the relief heavy enameled flowers make this a unique piece, finished in the tradition of the early Doulton Lambeth examples. The rustic handles are substantial, and the finial appears to be an early thermo-plastic called Cycrolak. Our handsome jar sits 5 x 5.5 inches tall, weighing 1# 3 oz., and is in excellent condition. xxxxxxxxxx. The Watcombe Pottery existed for nearly one hundred years during which they produced a wonderful and varied amount of pottery much of it unique but also in the style and trends of Torquay and of the times. It was in the grounds of Watcombe House near Torquay that the fine red Devon clay was first discovered about 1865. This prompted the owner a G. P. Allen to establish the Watcombe Terracotta Clay Company off Teignmouth Road, St. Marychurch in 1869 with Charles Brock a Staffordshire potter to train the local workers and supervise the experience Staffordshire ones like William Samuel Bond. Classical styles of the period like terracotta busts, figures, urns and jugs were produced first, undoubtedly some of these and later works of enamel decorated terracotta were influenced by the designs of Dr. Christopher Dresser. W.C. Lawton modelled some of the terracotta busts and William Higginbottom was a notable turner of terracotta vases and urns. The company very quickly established a reputation and its wares were exhibited internationally within a few years. The pottery expanded rapidly, employing a vast work force by the end of the decade. Later molded jardinières, novelty and grotesque items followed with highly decorated glazed art wares following to keep up with fashions, some being marked as ‘Watcombe Porcelain‘. Some of the notable artists and decorators who worked at the pottery over the years were Edward Middleton, Alexander Fisher (senior and junior), James Skinner, Harry Birbeck, Harry Crute, Bill Critchlow, Peter Giles, and John Barker. The company was bought by Evans & Co in 1884 after the passing of Allen, and in 1901 was acquired by Hexter, Humpherson & Co, who amalgamated it with Aller Vale Pottery. The new pottery was known as Royal Aller Vale & Watcombe Co. We have established that the circle stamp was used from the latter 1890s, and was trademarked in the early 1900s, but can find no evidence that it survived beyond 1914. This company continued to produce pottery until 1962.