Patterns of the Month
17,764 patterns and 1,104 sources and still growing.
Each month we feature a new pattern from our Pattern and Source Print Database and archive them on these pages.
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The Death Of Rover
This 19th century mug was intended for a child. However, it is a pattern that would be considered inappropriate for children in the 21st century. “The Death Of Rover,” is copied from Thomas Bewick’s “A General History of Quadrupeds,” which was first published in 1790. Hanging was a way of killing dogs who harmed livestock. To learn more about it, see pattern #19043 in the Database of Patterns and Sources.
Healey & Cos Celebrated Crystallized Honey Cream
An uncommon polychrome (Prattware) advertising pot lid, inasmuch as the producer name is rarely printed with the pattern. Of particular interest is that the same pattern was used for four different hairdressers, all located on the same street in Manchester, England. For more information, see Pattern 20517 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources (members only). Many hundreds of polychrome pot lids were produced in the mid and late 19th century, and are well documented in a series of references.
Shown is a 10.375 inch soup plate from the “Gainsboro” series. Each pattern in the series depicts a different variety or variation of fruit in the Aesthetic style. The TCC Database of Patterns and Sources includes 13 Gainsboro patterns, and this one is #12. The DB entry identifies the fruit as peaches; we think they are plums! The series was made by Brown-Westhead, Moore & Co. (1862-1904) for the French market.
The Chalees Satoon
Seen is a polychrome jar printed with “The Chalees Satoon,” made by John & Jos Mayer (1842-1855). The Chalees Satoon, or Forty Pillars, was a pavilion attached to the palace of the Emperor Akbar in the Fort of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, India. This type of jar usually held fish or meat paste. The pattern, #15692 in the TCC database, shows four source prints as well as the other side of the jar.
Shown is a Benjamin Adams (1809-1820) 8.75 inch plate printed in the pattern known as Lions, ca. 1820. There is an impressed mark for Benjamin Adams on the back of the plate. The source print was engraved by J. Scott after an original by S. Edwards. For more information, see pattern #2920 in the TCC database.
Cosack (sic) Mode of Attack
Shown is a 10.25 inch covered vase with painted rams head handles. The pattern is known as “Cosack (sic) Mode of Attack," as it is copied from the source print “Cosack Mode of Attack, Drawn after Nature and Dedicated to Napoleon the Great.” It satirizes Napoleon’s disastrous campaign in Russia in 1812. For more information, this is pattern #14781 in the TCC Database.