A primitive naively modelled chicken figure, sitting on a basket, with a money slot in the middle of the back. Imitating the local cream and brown coloured veined agate, and finished with a clear glaze.
Unmarked but typical of the Seaton Pottery, Aberdeen, late 19th century.
Approx 4” 10cms long
Slight damage around money slot, and a few very fine firing cracks to the clear glaze.
The Seaton pottery was founded in 1868 by Thomas Gavin and James Ritchie. During its first period, the pottery produced many redwares which they did not mark. They were known, however, for their agate wares, with chicken-shaped money banks being one of their most common shapes. See Kelly, Henry E., Scottish Ceramics, 1999, pp.180-1.
The Seaton Pottery was an industrial pottery and produced utilitarian and decorative wares, using the local clay previously used by Aberdeen’s brick and tile industry. This redware was glazed with a cream slip which was then decorated. Dab ware and agate ware were notable items of the Pottery’s decorative range.
Agate wear: is banded wear created by mixing 2 or 3 different coloured clays together and throwing them on a wheel. It mimicked the appearance of veined Scottish stone or agate, and commonly combined a mixture of brown and cream-coloured clays, finished with a clear glaze.
Dab Ware featured applied decoration of blue, green and brown glazes that were dabbed on the surface with a balled cloth, which was then covered in a clear glaze.
The pottery was taken over in 1903, along with a change to the range of wares produced.