Patterns of the Month
16,970 patterns and 1,077 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 10.5 inch plate printed in the "Congo" pattern by Forester & Hulme (1887-1892). It is common for an Aesthetic pattern to have a place name as the title, although the birds and plants here seem to have little to do with the Congo. Members only: for more information about this pattern and to see other similar patterns, search the Pattern and Source Print Database.
Shown here is a 6.5 inch plate featuring Cowes Harbour. Cowes Harbour is located in the town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight in Britain. The pattern is part of the large Enoch Wood & Sons Irregular Shell Border Series, ca. 1825. The series is best known for its American Historical views, but includes a few British views. Notice that the title of the scene is printed in the left-hand corner of the center.
Shown on both a 9 inch plate and 13 inch comport, this view features a seated figure piping. The pattern is attributed to Careys on the basis of a piece bearing the factory mark and series name on a ribbon (FOB True Blue p. 86, Case 31/2). Cattle is the old English word for domestic animals, while today we only think of cows as cattle.
"Durham Ox With John Day"
"Durham Ox With John Day" by an unknown maker is found on a 21 inch by 17 inch platter. It was copied from an engraving by T.Whessell after a painting by T. Boultbec. See the engraving. The Durham Ox is actually only found on this pattern and the 10" plate and soup plate. The rest of the series portrays rural scenes with cows and cowmen.
"Enniskerry in County Wicklow, Ireland"
Giraffe markShown here is a 10 inch plate in the "Giraffe" pattern made by John Ridgway (1830-1841) to commemorate the giraffes brought to the new London Zoological Gardens in 1836. The pattern is the same on the entire dinner service. It also appears on a tea service, but with a different border. "Giraffe" was a very popular pattern. It was printed in every color except yellow.
"Jewsbury & Brown's, Manchester"
"Lange Lijsen, Jumping Boy, or Long Eliza pattern"
Shown here is a Spode plate in the Lange Lijsen pattern, ca. 1810-1833. It was copied from a Chinese hand-painted pattern from the K'ang Hsi period, ca. 1700-1722.
The 4 inch miniature plate seen here is a Chinese hand-painted pattern with a simple version of the Long Eliza or Jumping Boy center pattern. The border is not elaborate on such a small piece.
"New York From Heights Near Brooklyn"
Pangolin closeupThis pattern is found on a 4.25 inch saucer. The name of the armadillo-like animal, pangolin, is printed in the foliage at the bottom of the saucer (see the Additional Image). The pangolin is similar to an armadillo and an ant eater. It has large plate-like scales, and in the past was thought to be a link between mammals and reptiles. It is a mammal. Pangolins are an endangered species as it is thought that its ground up scales are a cure for cancer or asthma. They are also considered a delicious exotic food. Their plight is similar to that of the rhinoceros which is hunted for the magical properties of its horn.
"Perfumers/ R.B. Ede & Co./ London/ Shaving Cream"
This pattern dates from the late 19th century. The contents for dental products, food, hair products, shaving cream, soaps and medicinal ointments were commonly sold in a pottery pot with a transfer printed lid until World War I. Black printed lids were the most common. This is a particularly detailed pattern, as you can even see the blood dripping from the man's face where he cut it shaving. Perhaps the pattern is suggesting that the man wasn't using Ede's shaving cream! Pot lid, 3.25 inches.
"Picturesque Views, Hudson, Hudson River"
"Picturesque Views, Hudson, Hudson River" by James and Ralph Clews, printed in underglaze brown, Staffordshire circa 1835. The central view varies according to size. The views of the Hudson River area are taken from W.G. Walls's Hudson River Portfolio. There are also views from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. The series is also printed in black, light blue, pink (red) and purple.
"Poor Richard's Maxim's" (sic)
Found on a 5 inch plate, this pattern is surrounded by an alphabet border with a Vitruvian scroll edge. There are two maxims that relate to the pattern: "I never saw an oft removed tree nor yet an oft removed family that did so well as those that settled be" and "Three removes are as bad as a fire and a rolling stone gathers no moss" (actually three maxims!). Poor Richard is the alter ego of Benjamin Franklin.
The" Quadrupeds" dinner service is quite extensive, with a different animal in the center of each size and shape, as well as in the medallions in the border. This 6 inch plate features a mastiff in the center, with horses, sheep, a water vole (I thought this was a beaver) and a squirrel in the border medallions.
Source print: "Mastiff & Lion Dog" The engraving is by J. Tookey, after a drawing by Julius Ibbetson. The engraving is found in "The Cabinet of Quadrupeds" by John Church (c. 1803). The pottery engraver left out the lion dog!