Col­lect­ing FINE CARL­TON WARE with Glen Hol­man

This Cape Town col­lec­tor has fond memories of week­ends and hol­i­days spent hunt­ing for new pieces

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The af­fair with Carl­ton Ware wasn’t love at first sight for Cana­dian-born UCT Fi­nance Pro­fes­sor, Glen Hol­man. “But af­ter six months of care­fully con­tem­plat­ing a large or­ange ‘Hol­ly­hock’ bowl, which sat on the cof­fee ta­ble of a house I shared with an ex in London, I de­cided I was in love. The ro­mance with the ex didn’t last, but the bowl did and my pas­sion for Carl­ton Ware grew stronger over the years.”

THIS PAGE: 1 ‘Tiger Tree’ pat­terned Veloxshape­d bowl, early 1940s. 2 Over­sized Ori­en­tal-style stretching bird flower vase.

3 Egyp­tian fan-footed bon-bon dish with a hint of Art Deco, late 1920s.

Glen’s im­pres­sive Carl­ton Ware col­lec­tion, dis­played be­hind glass and un­der lock and key, is be­lieved to be one of the three most im­por­tant in the world. The other two are an Ir­ish high-end col­lec­tion, and an English archival col­lec­tion that aims to have one of ev­ery­thing pro­duced by the com­pany.

“As Carl­ton Ware pro­duced 6 000 dif­fer­ent colours and 4 000 shapes in vary­ing com­bi­na­tions, com­pil­ing a col­lec­tion that’s not spe­cific is rather daunt­ing. I fo­cused my at­ten­tion on the Art Deco pe­riod, but I also have ear­lier Art Nou­veau pieces and a few from the mid-cen­tury modern pe­riod. I par­tic­u­larly like the three-footed Velox bowls be­cause they dis­play so well when tilted on their side. Es­sen­tially, I col­lect pieces I like,” says Glen.

While liv­ing in London, Glen was an ac­tive mem­ber of one of the many Carl­ton Ware col­lec­tor clubs, even help­ing to re­name the ‘Flower and Fall­ing Leaf ’ pat­tern to ‘Flower and Fall­ing Leaves’ af­ter the dis­cov­ery of a sec­ond leaf. “The fun part of col­lect­ing is the hunt. I will al­ways have very fond memories of sum­mer week­ends and bank hol­i­days spent in the English coun­try­side search­ing for de­sir­able Carl­ton Ware.”

THIS PAGE: 4 Very rare, and one of Glen’s favourites, a ‘Red Devil’ (Mephistoph­e­les) bowl, c. 1935. 5 ‘ Floral Cor­nets’ ginger jar with Jazz Age geo­met­ric flash. 6 ‘Ar­mand’ lus­tre ginger jar with but­ter­fly de­tail­ing. 7 Large 26cm balus­ter deep-red vase with ‘Flower and Fall­ing Leaves’ pat­tern, which Glen helped re­name. 8 Or­nate ‘Hol­ly­hocks’ gon­dola bowl with gilt edg­ing. 9 Matt-glazed Velox bowl with ‘Bell’ pat­tern from the Art Nou­veau pe­riod (early 20th cen­tury).

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