Raymond Everill & Sons, Limehouse studio
Stunningly hand painted
I know very little about Raymond Everill, what I do know is pieced together by hearsay and comments by dealers when I have bought his works. I have tried to assemble what I do know and let the painting speak for itself.
What started me to collect
I started my collection about two years ago when I bought a bowl at an auction and thought how beautiful it was- the bowl seemed to follow me around the auction room lingering in my thoughts until I was lucky enough to get the winning piece. How little did I know that this one lot would start me on a quest to discover what I could of the makers origins.
Check the back stamp
Every piece I have from Raymond Everill has a back stamp on it with at least Raymond Everill and Sons, sometimes Stoke on Trent is added and sometimes the name of the pattern. When I bought the plate in the first photo it was marked "Evesham" so I now feel quite confident that this is the "Evesham" pattern.
The attention to detail is remarkable- as you can see the pattern of the bowl continues on the inside as well as the outside , you can even see the individual brush strokes- totally astounding to me.
Nearly every piece by Everill bears his signature, R Everill, sometimes it is so hidden within the painting that you really have to search.
Somewhat naively I originally thought that the Everill's would have a factory that made the china and then passed it to dad who did the painting. It appears from common beliefs held by many I have spoken to, that the company bought in blanks made by Spode and then hand painted them. Indeed further hearsay also says that Raymond Everill had been a painter at Spode and then when the painting went abroad, a move which contributed to the companies demise, he opened up his own business as this was what he had spent his life doing.
I think what really demonstrates his outstanding ability is his miniature work. The work on normal sized objects is outstanding but when transferred into miniature it is out of this world. I cant convey the superlatives needed to describe this work. My first piece was a tea set with birds on. I have found two pieces which are marked as being Victorian Birds which is probably more accurate than the description it was sold under which was "Birds of Paradise"
I own two minature sets which are very similar, indeed I initially thought I had bought one I already had until I looked closely at it. The cups , pots and bowls are in a different shape.. I try to buy pieces that are of the same pattern but a different shape. I have found that there are a wide range of pieces from plates and bowls to pirate chests! ( I missed that at auction as it went too high for my meagre budget)
Further investigation on this showed that one of the Backstamps was made by" Raymond Everill and Paul Smith." Further investigations have shown a range of items that were made under this label. I have seen advertised, a clock, urns and lidded pots with this backstamp.
Based in the Midlands, England
Initially I understood that Raymond Everill sold his work at Antique fairs throughout the Midlands , perhaps because he was based in Stoke on Trent and travel would have been easier. Obviously he must have changed business direction at some point producing goods for Paul Smith. I have seen both miniature and full sized work in this genre.
Sometimes the patterns are ever so similar but not quite the same. I expect this is because of the individualism shown in each piece of work. I have a minature tea set in what I originally thought was the "Evesham" pattern, yet when you look closely at it there is quite a difference.
Some of the miniature sets come on trays- which are beautiful as they have a large enough surface to capture the true beauty of the pattern.
Sometimes I buy odd pieces. I have included photos of them as other collectors may just recognise what they have any perhaps if their piece is named, they could tell me the pattern. All of these are miniatures and all are so very beautiful
There are some pieces that I don't have, despite my intensive efforts to find them. By browsing through old on line auction catalogues I have become aware that Raymond Everill hand painted figurines. I understand that they were numbered in a series as when the come up in these catalogues they are always numbered 1 or 6 or 9 and so forth.
I do have one anomaly in my collection, which I sense was perhaps a change of direction for Everill that may or may not have continued as I don't have any other evidence and I have never seen another piece like it, I just don't know! I bought a small tankard at acution. The Backstamp is Everill and Sons but there is no signature that I can see, which is highly unlikely. Much of the surface remains the original white and the design does not seem to be handpainted . However aside from that It is a lovely tankard and I would willingly own other pieces like it
How much is a piece of Everill worth? It really is down to demand at the time of purchase. I have paid anything between £1 and £5 for odd pieces and between £15 and £50 for the tea sets. I have seen the "Evesham" pattern on sale for significantly more. However, as with everything it is only worth what it is worth to an individual on the day that they buy it. In some respects I see it as my childrens pension fund. I estimate that these items were painted somewhere in the 1980s to 1990s and will only start to realise their value when more people become collectors. Latey most of the minature tea sets I have seen for sale on sites such as E bay are in the £40 range, without trays- which is quite sad as the trays make a good stand to display them on.
If anyone has any information on Raymond Everill and the work that he did please let me know as I am sure that there are a lot of fans out there who just don't know anything about their favourite pottery painter.
Please have a look at the comments on this hub as that is where this information finds its way.