David Gordon Roberts
Furse (b.1900), pictured above, was the eldest son of Lt.Gen Sir William
Furse KCB, KCMG, DSO and Dame Jean Adelaide Gordon OBE. He went to Kenya
in 1917 as a farm pupil and, apart from a short time in England,
remained there until he died in 1955.
came to England with his wife at some point in the period 1933-4 to
work on a diorama for the Imperial Institute (now demolished). It was
during this time that he designed the pieces for the Ashtead Potters.
Below is a working sketch of the design for what became known as the
"Gazelles" dish but are in fact Impala. Apart from these dishes it now
known that he also designed the
"M102" Polar Bear
and the African Buffalo
handles that appear on some vases.
David's brother, Roger Kemble Furse, was also an artist. He came to
prominence through film set design and his association with Sir Lawrence
Olivier, designing sets for many of Olivier's productions of
Shakespearean plays. His wife was Margaret Furse who won 5 costume
design Oscars in her career.
This information and the pictures were kindly supplied by his daughter,