Patterns of the Month
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Each month we feature a new pattern from our Pattern and Source Print Database and archive them on these pages.
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"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.
Chinoiserie High Bridge
Seen is a 5.5 inch saucer by an unknown maker, ca. 1820. It is printed in brown and colored under the glaze in blue, yellow, and green. This type of decoration is sometimes known as Salopian in the United States and Underglaze Printed Polychrome in England. The two left-most figures come from "View of the Suburbs of a Chinese City” by Sir George Leonard Staunton. The boat comes from "Chinese Barges of the Embassy Preparing to Pass under a Bridge" from the same book.
E. Wood "No. 106" Series, Venice
Plate, 7 inches. Made by Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1836), this pattern is part of a series of European scenes that is known as "No. 106" Series. This pattern pictures St. Pietro de Castello in Venice, after a drawing by Clarkson Stanfield that was engraved and published in "Heath's Picturesque Annual for 1832". Yellow is one of the less common colors found on transferware.