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Chance to learn more about Wirral's Della Robbia pottery
12:37pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
COLLECTORS and enthusiasts of classic pottery created in Birkenhead's famous Della Robbia ceramic studios will have a chance to delve deeper into the history of their objects this week.
A special open afternoon will take place on Friday, September 13, at the Rathbone Studio, Argyle Street.
It stands on the very site were Della Robbia founder Harold Rathbone designed his world famous wares that was sold all around the world.
The potteries dynasty spanned the turn of the 20th century and now pieces of the brightly coloured vassals sell for thousands of pounds and have featured many times on TV antique shows.
Peter Hyland, leading expert on the history of the pottery and author of a new book out next month, will once again be on hand to answer questions and tell the stories of the public's prised pieces.
Rathbone Studio owner Janet Holmes said: "Last time Peter was a guest at the studio he was able to shed light on many of the objects that were brought along, recognising the makers by name that had created the pieces.
"I was also contacted by a couple that had found a very rare and valuable pot in a derelict pigs sty and Peter went a long way to solving the mystery of its creator.
"People love to know the stories behind the pottery that they own and having this open day gives them the chance to find the history behind the beauty ... and sometimes the value, which is always exciting."
The event takes place at the studio in Argyle Street from 2pm–5pm. Details are from www.rathbonestudio.com or Janet Holmes on 0790 333 7995.
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