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A stylish Coffee Set, made by “Cinque Ports Pottery Limited, The Monastery, Rye” (circa 1964-1980s)

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Item Reference:

58361-864-2Tip! This item's Ref-Code breaks down thus...
Item Ref Code: 58361-864-2
Item No. 58361 - Dealer No. 864 - Building No. 2


This stylish Coffee Set was made by “Cinque Ports Pottery Limited, The Monastery, Rye”, circa 1964 - 1980s.
The set consists of a coffee pot with lid, sugar basin, cups (x 6) and saucers (x 6), and is in excellent condition. The coffee pot is 28 cm tall. It is a very good example of Cinque Ports Pottery and of this period.
The pieces are a blue/grey colour on the upper/outer sides with a contrasting black pattern around the diameter of the coffee pot, cups and sugar basin. The rims, insides and undersides are white. The undersides of the pieces have a back stamp, which reads ‘CINQUE PORTS POTTERY LTD. THE MONASTERY RYE’.
Pottery has been produced in and around Rye in Sussex since the late 18th century. From the mid 19th century until its closure at the outbreak of World War II, The Bellevue Pottery was the dominant force. In 1947, this factory was reopened as the ‘Rye Pottery’ by the brothers John and Walter Cole, who trained many apprentices.
David Sharp joined the company in 1947 and left in 1956 to form Rye Art Pottery with his friend George Gray. The name had to be changed, though, when Rye Pottery threatened legal action. They asserted, probably quite correctly, that customers would be confused by the similarity of the two names and not know whom they were buying from. Consequently Rye Art Pottery became Cinque Port Pottery.
The business was successful. By the start of the sixties they were using four kilns and employing 15 workers. The partnership became a Limited Company, with another small change of name. They became Cinque Ports Pottery Ltd. The plural 'Ports' was used because that is what most people called them, being more familiar with Cinque Ports as a collection of towns rather than a particular constituent part of the collection. In 1964, the partnership ended and George Gray, who retained the Cinque Ports name, set up new premises at The Monastery and incorporated this in his back stamp.
The business of “Cinque Ports Pottery Limited, The Monastery, Rye” was successful into the eighties, by which time George was growing old and decided that it was time to hand the pottery over to a younger man. Jim Elliot of Iden Pottery took over, trading as Cinque Ports Pottery, without the 'Limited', and later Cinque Ports Ltd, without the 'Pottery'.


Item Reference
1960s, C20th
Country of Origin
Excellent condition without any damage


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