Patterns of the Month
16,619 patterns and 1,064 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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Seen here is a 10 inch plate by an unknown maker that depicts the allegorical figure of Hope. She is traditionally shown with an anchor and a ship in the distance, perhaps to allude to the hope that the sailor will return from the sea. The border is printed with six birds. The pattern is printed in black and enameled over the glaze in bright colors.
Shown on an earthenware dinner plate with gadrooned edge, it is marked with both an impressed and a printed SPODE mark. The pattern is printed underglaze in blue and shades of warm brown. It is Spode's pattern B118 which was introduced in 1825. The Jasmine flower itself, for which the pattern gets its name, is actually found in the border.
"Siege of Toulon"
Shown is an 11 inch by 9.25 inch reticulated tray from the Napoleon's Battles series by Charles James Mason & Co. (1826-1845). The name of this scene, Siege of Toulon, is printed near the bottom left of the center. The series is also found printed in blue, green, brown and pink with many Napoleonic scenes.
"Water Lily" printed in underglaze blue by Wedgwood (1759 to the present). According to Coysh and Henrywood in the Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880, the pattern is also known as Lotus. The pattern was introduced in brown in 1808. It was first printed in blue, with a change to the border, in 1811.
The Botanical patterns were among the earliest to be used by Wedgwood for underglaze blue printing. First produced in 1808-9, the patterns were based on illustrations in various contemporary botanical magazines, including the Botanist's Repository, Paradisus Londinensis and the Botanical Magazine. Seen here is an 8 inch plate in the series.
Akbar’s Tomb Secundra
Shown is an 18.5 by 15 inch platter, Akbar’s Tomb Secundra, made by Chamberlain (s) (& Co.) 1786-1852. The pattern is part of as series of Indian views. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern. The source print for this pattern is from Robert Elliot’s “Views in the East,” which was published in 1833 in London.
Botanical Vase - Minton
Found on a 9.75 inch pearlware plate, this pattern has the factory name, "Botanical Vase". There are many patterns that are similar by other makers. The vase and its large bouquet of flowers are printed against a beaded medium blue ground. The only border is the stringing at the edge of the plate. The pattern, circa 1820, is found on dinnerware, toilet ware, and tea ware. There are various designs in this pattern, each featuring differing floral arrangements. The vase is always the same. The pattern was made in dark blue for the American Market.