Monday, 18 January 2010

Interesting Figure by Arnold Machin "Sea Horse"

Just a short post today

By now we are all familiar with the 1990 anniversary miniature sheet depicting Sea Horses and the double headed Machin. But here is something else Machin related depicting a Sea Horse which recently caught my attention.

This is an interesting Wedgwood Figure designed by Arnold Machin, the figure depicts a Sea Horse and Nymph.

For those of you that are into antiques this come to be known as the Rust glaze. It was created by Norman Wilson and is used on the figure. Indeed Wilson’s initials are on the base along with the Wedgwood Barlaston backstamp. This piece is also signed on the back by Arnold Machin.

Machin started his working life as an apprentice, hand-painting china at the Minton Pottery at the tender age of 14, staying for seven years. He widened his talents into sculpture at the Stoke on Trent Art School during the Depression, thence to the Derby School of Art and this path led him to the Royal College of Art and eventually Wedgwood.

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