She ‘married’ premium blooms with less celebrated plant materials (such as kale and pussy willow) and collected unconventional vessels (from jam jars to attic curios) in which to house them.
Later in her career Spry created her own collection of flower containers with the Fulham Pottery Company.
Most of these 1950s vessels are priced in the low three-figures but others were produced in small numbers and are keenly sought after by decorators and Spry devotees.
An unglazed wall pocket, modelled as a swag of tassled fabric, measuring a substantial (43cm) across and bearing an impressed facsimile signature. It was offered at TW Gaze (18% buyer’s premium) in Diss, Norfolk, on February 21 with hopes of £100-1500 but sold to a buyer using the saleroom.com at £2600.
Another Fulham Pottery vessel, a 14in (36cm) high clam shell flower vase incorporating two light fittings, performed with similar verve at the Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) sale of Art Deco and Design in Salisbury on March 18.
Possibly a Spry design (it had no signature) it could equally have been by factory designer Gerard de Witt. Estimated at £200-400, it made £2200.