An online dealer that specializes in British art pottery including Royal Dolton, Wedgwood and Pilkington’s. View images with exhibition and sale details.
Welcome to the Website of AD Antiques
AD Antiques was formed in 1997 by Alison Davey. Now based in the North Cotswolds, AD Antiques is a well established business with an International reputation for selling some of the rarest and most sought after examples of British Art Pottery.
Our website provides information on our business and an up to date stock list along with detailed images. We are always delighted to provide additional information and detailed condition reports on items displayed. Account facilities for permanent access to pricing is offered to all customers; however if you are not yet a customer and would like any information or pricing on a piece that has caught your eye, please don’t hesitate to get in touch
Alison Davey formed AD Antiques in 1997. Alison’s background is not in the fine arts; she graduated from Edinburgh University in 1995 with an MA and thereafter practiced in the field of Criminal Justice. Her last appointment was at Edinburgh prison where she undertook risk assessments and therapeutic intervention programmes with long term prisoners.
Throughout her training and employment she developed an interest in the decorative arts, and during this time she began “trading” at car boot sales. This quickly developed into a passion or obsession, and for several years used her annual leave to attend and exhibit at show-ground antiques fairs throughout the UK. In 2000 Alison decided that she had to get the dealing bug out of her system once and for all; she resigned her job, moved to Staffordshire and began trading full time.
During the early years, the business retailed all manner of decorative arts including glass, metals, jewellery from the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau Movements. However Alison developed a particular interest in British Art Pottery. The appeal comes as much from the social and political dimension that inspired the manufacturers, as to the aesthetic quality and originality of the ceramics.
The designers and factories of the era were pushing the boundaries of creativity, chemistry and design. Many of these studios were actively rebuking the machine age and supporting the social philosophers of the day who were proposing the return to local crafts, the dignity of the worker and the movement away from elaborate ornamentation to simpler lines and design.