Art on Exmoor since 1893

Devon Pottery : Aller Vale Torquay Ware [Biography]

Aller Vale Torquay Ware

Aller Vale Torquay Ware

Aller Vale Pottery

Aller Vale's history goes back to 1865. The Torquay company originally made earthenware domestic goods. John Phillips started the Aller Vale Art Pottery in the 1880s after the original pottery (J Phillips and Co) was damaged by fire.

In the last decade of the nineteenth century the pottery was stocked by Liberty & Co. of Regent Street, London. After the death of Phillips in 1897, the company was acquired by Hexter Humpherson & Co., who merged it with Watcombe Pottery, and the new firm was known as Royal Aller Vale & Watcombe Co.

By 1890 Aller Vale was already beginning to look for a new class of customer. There were many holiday visitors looking for something bright and cheap to take home as a souvenir.

Some of the same decoration codes used by Watcombe and Aller Vale were now being used by Longpark. After different companies came into existence, Watcombe & Torquay Terra Cotta factories were finding it difficult to keep going with their traditional terracotta wares. The depression of the 30's followed by the War took its toll of the pottery companies.
The company continued to produce pottery until 1962.

Patterns were the Cottages, Cockerels, Scandy, and Ships; being found on 'Devon Motto Wares'. Art Pottery carries stylized flowers and foliage, gorgeous Daffodils, Scrolls in multi-colored slips & Kingfishers. Lavender Devon Violets are found on scent bottles. All patterns were hand painted!

Aller Vale Torquay Ware

Aller Vale Torquay Ware

Aller Vale Pottery

Aller Vale's history goes back to 1865. The Torquay company originally made earthenware domestic goods. John Phillips started the Aller Vale Art Pottery in the 1880s after the original pottery (J Phillips and Co) was damaged by fire.

In the last decade of the nineteenth century the pottery was stocked by Liberty & Co. of Regent Street, London. After the death of Phillips in 1897, the company was acquired by Hexter Humpherson & Co., who merged it with Watcombe Pottery, and the new firm was known as Royal Aller Vale & Watcombe Co.

By 1890 Aller Vale was already beginning to look for a new class of customer. There were many holiday visitors looking for something bright and cheap to take home as a souvenir.

Some of the same decoration codes used by Watcombe and Aller Vale were now being used by Longpark. After different companies came into existence, Watcombe & Torquay Terra Cotta factories were finding it difficult to keep going with their traditional terracotta wares. The depression of the 30's followed by the War took its toll of the pottery companies.
The company continued to produce pottery until 1962.

Patterns were the Cottages, Cockerels, Scandy, and Ships; being found on 'Devon Motto Wares'. Art Pottery carries stylized flowers and foliage, gorgeous Daffodils, Scrolls in multi-colored slips & Kingfishers. Lavender Devon Violets are found on scent bottles. All patterns were hand painted!

Where we are

Gunns Gallery,
11 Lee Road,
Lynton,
Devon,
EX35 6HW

Contact us

01598 753352

© Gunns Gallery 2020