Learn about Mchugh's Pottery

Established in 1872 by Scotsman John McHugh at Sandhill near Launceston Tasmania, the business was primarily a pipe manufacturing business, as well as producing secondary lines in domestic and agricultural wares. John McHugh died in in 1892 and the business was continued by his sons. So far as collectors are concerned, the McHugh Pottery golden years are the 1930s, when several well known potters were employed, and the output of art pottery of the period is noted for its drip glazes in yellows, blues and pinks, known in the company as "fancy wares". Some of the wares of this period are dated. McHugh ceased making art pottery in the mid 1940s but continued with its pipe making, domestic and agricultural wares, making it a takeover target in the 1950s for Humes Ltd., who were pipe manufacturers. In 1988 Humes was acquired by the Smorgan groupand in 1990 Humes changed its name to to S.C.I Steel Ltd.

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McHugh green drip glaze vase with amber splashes throughout, signed 'H McHugh Tasmania 1935'. Condition, good, some crazing. Height 17 cm

McHugh brown & yellow drip glaze vase of bulbous form, signed 'H McHugh 1934' to the base. Condition, good, some crazing, firing crack to the base. Height 30 cm

McHugh Brothers Pottery. A glazed earthenware figure of a green frog, incised H McHugh, Tasmania, 9 cm high

McHugh Brothers Pottery. A glazed earthenware figure of a green frog, incised H McHugh, Tasmania, 9.5 cm high

McHugh Brothers Pottery. A glazed earthenware figure of a green frog, incised H McHugh, Tasmania, 16.5 cm high

McHugh pottery blue drip glaze squat vase with incised signature to the base 'Mchugh' Tasmania 18'. Condition good to fair, some later paint splashes. Height 15.3 cm

McHugh 1935 green glazed pottery vase, approx 16 cm high, 20 cm diameter (AF)

Pair H. McHugh drip glaze mantel vases. Incised to bases. Height 29 cm (each)

Large Australian pottery vase by McHugh Tasmania, with blue & yellow glaze, 15.5 cm high approx together with another smaller McHugh vase

Large Australian pottery McHugh vase, signed & dated 1933 to base, 22 cm high approx

Large McHugh Australian pottery vase, with blue & yellow drip glaze, 15 cm high approx

A drip-glaze lidded pot, incised to base 'H. McHugh, Tasmania 1934' lid AF

An Australian pottery vase, incised to base 'H. McHugh Tasmania, 53'. 30 x 20 cm

Australian McHugh pottery blue & yellow vase, signed and dated 1934 to base, 13.5 cm high

McHugh pottery vase with dark blue glaze. 16 cm high approx.

Large Australian McHugh pottery vase, 18 cm high, some glaze loss

H McHugh, Tasmania 1935 pottery dish, signed, approx 9.5 cm diameter

Pottery jardiniere & pedestal, unsigned, C1900 McHugh, 80 cm high

McHugh pottery dog, green/brown Australian Kelpie (Doorstop) (tiny chip to base)

Pair of unsigned jardinieres on pedestal stands, attributed to McHugh pottery. Exhibited at the Tasmanian Exhibition 1891-1892. Reference, Jeff Ford Australian pottery, the first 100 Years.

A McHugh Australian pottery vase, together with a polka-dot Australian fruit bowl and two pieces of Murano glass

Australian pottery large squat vase, signed H McHugh Tasmania 16

McHugh Tasmanian pottery 'Kelpie' dog doorstop glazed in green & brown. Height 21 cm, width 33 cm, depth 15 cm

McHUGH: group of three Tasmanian pottery vases circa early 1930s in green, brown & pink glazes. Heights 8 cm, 10 cm & 15 cm

A McHugh pottery two handled vase 1934, decorated with drip-glaze colours signed, 'McHugh Tasmania 1934'. Height 21.5 cm. Diameter 18 cm

A McHugh pottery vase 1934, decorated with drip-glaze colours signed, 'McHugh Tasmania 1934'. Height 17.8 cm. Diameter 23 cm

McHugh: Tasmanian pottery vase glazed in blue with yellow highlights. Incised signature, height 28 cm

Large Australian McHugh pottery vase signed to base, 30 cm high

Two various McHugh pottery mantel vases. Brown and yellow drip glaze. Incised, 'McHugh, Tasmania 1935.'. Height 15 cm and 11 cm

H.McHUGH: Tasmanian pottery (founded in Launceston, 1873); Pottery vase of generous proportions, (large) shape no.18, glazed in brown & green (slight crazing), height 18 cm x width 20 cm; McHUGH pottery flower aid/ frog, brown & yellow glaze, incised 'McHu

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