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Harold Holdcroft (1904-1982). The missing work period is from 1929 until 1933 and contains many bold and innovative designs of china dinnerware, tableware, vases and elephant novelty ware. The pottery is marked "Royal Venton Ware - J Steventon & Sons Ltd - Burslem - England - Hand Painted with the H Holdcroft signature." Harold Holdcroft is more popularly known for his years as Art Director at Royal Albert Bone China and for designing the world famous 1962 pattern “Old Country Roses”, which has sold over 100 million pieces worldwide. These early designs give a new insight into the man and also his possible influence as a peer and teacher to many of the students who studied at Burslem School of Art and later established international reputations such as Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper, Charlotte Rhead and Gladys Scarlett. Burslem School of Art enrolment records at Stoke Archives in Hanley Library already document Harold’s time from 1918 until 1920 as a student and then as a teacher, eventually becoming Head Designer at the school by 1928. Harold Holdcroft and his design team produced more than 700 china patterns over 40 of the most productive years at Royal Albert. It was the largest commercial dinnerware manufacturing group in the world.
At Steventon’s, Harold, along with Francis (Van) Phillips and Gladys Scarlett, an ex-co-worker of Clarice Cliff, all produced hand painted china under their own names around the same time from 1929 – 1933. The range and style of Harold's work at Steventon’s is very impressive despite it being a relatively short period of four years.
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