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1889 Cecil Jones Coalbrookdale School of Art Plate

no.025 2010-04-01

Cecil Jones just turned nineteen when he signed this large plate. He was born in Madeley, Shropshire, England in early 1870, and likely a first or second year student at nearby Coalbrookdale School of Art. The plate has holes in the back rim for hanging.

From Potter's Art Jones went on to receive "...several medals and an Art Teachers' Certificate..." from Coalbrookdale. He later served as assistant headmaster in 1911, before immigrating to the United States in 1913.

Cis was an English nickname for Cecil (usefulenglish pdf), and used often by Jones throughout his adult life. We have even seen his nicknamed signature on late 1940s studio pottery.

From American Art Tile we have found only one Broadmoor Pottery tile signed in this manner. Most of his hard to find Broadmoor items are simply signed "C Jones".

Cecil Jones initials found on bottom face of plate

The early Cecil Jones plate weighs in at three-pounds-thirteen-ounces. It probably remained in his possession throughout his life. A long time avid collector of his work in southern California was the prior owner.

Many more delightful Cecil Jones items to follow in future articles.

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