In Black & White - VIII


English Art Deco Hand-Thrown Vase with Black Satin Glaze by Edward Thomas Radford for Pilkington Royal Lancastrian (LEO Design)


As we straddle the seasons—that unpredictable period between Winter and Spring—let us shine a little light on another sensory counterpoint: the interplay of black and white.  Over the next few days, we'll share part of our collection of black, white and black & white merchandise—all for sale in our on-line store.

Though, over the decades, I have occasionally come across a black vase—usually from the 1970's and usually with rather uninspired, unsophisticated glazes—they are never as nice as this handsome English specimen from the period between the Wars.  Hand-thrown by Edward Thomas Radford and date marked 1920 - 1938, it is finished with a sublime satin black glaze—a thrilling example of good taste and dramatic self-confidence.  One can still appreciate the horizontal "finger ribs" which Radford left in the still-soft clay.  It was made for Pilkington Royal Lancastrian.

More Black & White offerings tomorrow.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248