This smashing Poole Pottery vase was designed by Truda Carter (1890-1958). It was made in white earthenware and beautifully painted by Marjorie Cryer, who worked as a paintress for Poole between 1927 and 1940. This pattern was designated as the V Pattern, but is also known as the "Leo The Lion" Pattern. The large central flower has been taken to represent the face of a benign lion, hence the pattern nickname.
The bottom of the vase was left the natural white color of the clay; between 1934 and 1937 the clay was painted with a pink slip. The base has the impressed 1.3 cm. long, lozenge-shaped factory mark number 19 that contains the words "POOLE ENGLAND," used between 1924 and 1950. The shape number 438 was hand inscribed into the white base and the three-dot signature of Marjorie Cryer was inked in black onto the base, also. Taken together, all the dates and marks indicate that this vase was made between 1938 and 1940 by this famous art pottery maker in Dorset, England.
This vase is in absolutely pristine condition, appearing to be never used. The clay on the bottom rim has some small indented bumps and lumps, done during production, but there are no chips or cracks and no crazing. The vase is 7 inches tall, about 6 inches across the belly and has a mouth 3 1/4 inches across. The round base is 3 1/2 inches in diameter and the piece weighs almost 1 1/2 pounds. It's a stunning early Poole vase with lively and colorful hand painted Art Deco floral designs.