Mr JW Stonier Showrooms, 13 Charterhouse Street, London EC1

The first written reference to Stonier showing Gray’s Pottery is in Pottery & Glass Record, February 1923, p358. The report contains information on the products expected to be seen in the forthcoming 1923 British Industries Fair (BIF) at White City in London. Under the heading for AE Gray and Co Ltd is the following: London agent: Mr WJ Stonier, 13 Charterhouse Street, EC1.

In April 1926, p625, Pottery & Glass Record reports the following in the Showrooms of Mr WJ Stonier, 13 Charterhouse Street, London EC1:
 …. In another room was a rich display of colour from the wares of Messrs AE Gray & Co Ltd, shown in large variety, in addition to those noticed recently in connection with the BIF. Among the utility pieces is a large range of hand-painted jugs. A pattern in tableware which has done very well is 7082, with a pale blue fruit border. There are some fruit sets with attractive shapes in the celebrated Gloria lustre, including a striking bird pattern. Among the simple decorations a very taking hand-painted pattern has a blue spotted border with a yellow band above it and, in the case of the plate, a little circular decoration in the middle. This is on the new ivory body. In this type of ware there is only just enough decoration to make the shape effective. On the other hand there are some vivid colour treatments to suit other tastes. There is a very pretty coffee set, with a purple, blue and grey band and a platinum lustre decoration. Then there is a striking orange and silver combination. For early morning tea sets there is the brilliant and cheerful sunray colouring, with a teapot of a new shape.

In September 1928, p266, Pottery & Glass Record, in its regular feature entitled Around the London Showrooms, a report on Mr WJ Stonier, 13 Charterhouse Street, London EC1, includes the following:
 …. in another room Mr WJ Stonier is showing the fancy ware of Messrs AE Gray & Co Ltd, including their well-known Gloria lustres and silver resist decorations. There are some new hand-painted designs, including 7813, a bright floral pattern. Among the tableware some of the most attractive shapes and patterns are to be seen in coffee sets.

7813

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Notes: Pattern 7923 has a pink lining – this has gold, a dearer option.
‘Around the London Showrooms’ (The Pottery & Glass Record Sept 1928): … there are some new hand-painted designs, including 7813, a bright floral pattern.

7082

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M Harding

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