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Patterns of the Month

 

Each month we feature a new pattern from our Pattern and Source Print Database and archive them on these pages.

Members only: for more information about these patterns and to see other similar patterns, search the Pattern and Source Print Database.

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"Girl with Calf"

Shown is a 6.25 inch sauce with a pattern known as either "Girl with Calf" or "Girl with Lamb." It was made by John & William Ridgway (1813-1830). This pattern is one of many lovely rural and genre scenes found in the database.

"Girl with Calf" PlateGirl with Calf mark

"Harp" 

"Harp" by R. Stevenson, printed in underglaze purple, Staffordshire circa 1830. This pattern is mainly seen in dark blue.

Harp

"Impatient Child"

Commonly known as "Impatient Child," this pattern is printed on earthenware in yellow-green by an unknown maker. It was probably made in Staffordshire around 1825-1830. The pattern is usually seen in blue.

"Impatient Child" Plate

"Jewsbury & Brown's, Manchester"

Shown here is an 11.81 inch by 9.45 inch polychrome platter advertising Mineral Waters, Brewed Ginger Beer & Hop Ale. The center image is based on "The Blind Fiddler" painted by the artist Sir David Wilkie in 1806. Jewsbury & Brown operated from 1826 until it merged with Schweppes in 1964.

Jewsbury & Brown's, Mancheste

"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.

"Lange Lijsen, Jumping Boy, or Long Eliza pattern" Plate"Lange Lijsen, Jumping Boy, or Long Eliza pattern" Plate"Lange Lijsen, Jumping Boy, or Long Eliza pattern" Mark

"March"

Seen here is a 6.5 child's plate with a molded daisy border in a series depicting each of the months along with the appropriate sign of the Zodiac (look at the ram peeking over the shoulder of the man). It is impressed Scott (1840-1897) on the back, and was probably made around 1840.

"March" Plate

"New Hall Chinoiserie saucer"

Shown is a Chinoiserie pattern on a 5.75 inch saucer that was made by New Hall (1782-1835). It is printed on porcelain with a charmingly naive pattern that includes a large lion among chinamen and pagodas!

"New Hall Chinoiserie saucer" Plate

"New York From Heights Near Brooklyn"

This 16.5 inch platter illustrates the reason for the interest in patterns that portray early America.  The beautifully printed pattern opens a window onto a view of New York City nearly two hundred years ago.  Made by Andrew Stevenson (1810-1836), the pattern is one of a series. 

New York From Heights Near BrooklynNew York From Heights Near Brooklyn

"Pangolin"

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. 

Pangolin platePangolin mark

"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.  

Perfumers

"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.

Picturesque Views, Hudson, Hudson River

"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.

"Poor Richard's Maxim's" Plate

"Quadrupeds"

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!

Quadrupeds plateQuadrupeds plate mark

"Reindeer Pattern"

The 4.5 inch plate seen here was made by the Don Pottery (1801-1839) in North Rotherham, Yorkshire. The pattern shows a woman milking a reindeer while her children play nearby.

Reindeer Pattern plateReindeer Pattern plate mark

"Shipping Series"

This 19.68 by 14.8 inch platter, known as Night Sea Battle, is from the Shipping Series by an unknown maker. The pattern shows the ships "Blanche" and "La Pique". 

Shipping Series Plate

"Signing Of Magna Charta"

"Signing Of Magna Charta" by Jones (& Son) is printed in underglaze black on a 10.12 inch plate.  This pattern is one of 16 scenes in the "British History" series.  Jones & Son was in business for a short time (1826-1828) and the mark on this plate, Jones only, suggests that the plate was made after this period.

"Signing Of Magna Charta" Plate"Signing Of Magna Charta" Mark

"Spray" 

Plate, 9.75 inches. Made by William Baker & Co. (1839-1932), this pattern is typical of the Aesthetic Movement (1868-1901); it is asymetrical with a small reserve and large surrounding border-like patterns. Sometimes the title seems unrelated to the pattern, but in this case, "Spray" refers to the sprays of blackberries, morning glories and ivy that comprise the border. 

SpraySpray

"Texian Campaigne"

Texiane campaigne markSeen is a 9 inch plate printed in brown in the "Texian Campaigne" series. The plate here was made by James Beech (1835-1844), but the series was also produced by Thomas Walker (1845-1851) and Anthony Shaw (1850-1900). "Texian Campaigne" is a serial pattern printed in a wide range of colors. 

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"The Apothecary"

This lovely Chinoiserie pattern by an unknown maker is found on a 12.5 inch by 10 inch platter in a pattern called The Apothecary. It is printed in black and painted in orange, apricot, brown, blue, yellow, green and pink. The pattern is copied from the work of the artist Jean Pillement, which is found in a facsimile copy of "The Ladies Amusement: Whole Art of Japanning Made Easy" by Robert Sayer, c. 1759.

"The Apothecary" Plate "The Apothecary" Mark

"The Cup Found In Benjamin’s Sack"

Shown is a 6.7 inch plate by an unknown maker from the “History Of Joseph” series. Here, the pattern name is “The Cup Found In Benjamin’s Sack,” which you may remember was placed there by Joseph in order to detain his family in Egypt. A 19th century child would have known the story well, which may be why the series appears so often on children’s items. The TCC Database of Patterns and Sources shows 15 Joseph patterns.

"The Cup Found In Benjamin’s Sack"

"The Ladies of Llangollen"

"The Ladies of Llangollen" circa 1825 pearlware platter printed in underglaze blue. Although this platter is not marked, it was probably made by either the Cambrian (1783-1870) or Glamorgan (1813-1838) potteries, which were in business in Swansea, Wales. According to the Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880, the ladies of the title ran away together in the late 18th century. They lived together in Llangollen, Wales for the next fifty years. Their cottage in Wales (nothing like the castle printed on the pottery) was a mecca for the British literati of the early 19th century.

"The Ladies of Llangollen" Plate

"The Rabbit on the Wall"

"The Rabbit on the Wall pattern" on earthenware from the "Wilkie's Designs" series in underglaze blue by James & Ralph Clews, Cobridge Works, Cobridge, Staffordshire, circa 1825. There are six other central patterns in this series.

"The Rabbit on the Wall pattern" Plate

"Variety"

This pattern, which was made by Ridgways (1879-1916),  is transfer-printed on a 7.38 inch plate.  The RD number shows that this pattern was made in 1884.  The pattern is very similar to the Devonshire pattern that was also made by Ridgways.

 VarietyVariety

"Zoological Gardens"

Seen here is an 8 inch plate from the "Zoological Gardens" series by James and Ralph Clews (1813-1834). The series commemorates the opening of the London Zoological Gardens in 1828. Each size and shape shows a different scene. Many were copied from a book for children titled "Henry and Emma's Visit To The Zoological Gardens, In Regent's Park" by James Bishop, 1830 (see the source print, pictured below).

Children's patterns were often given as rewards for good behavior, christening presents and teaching tools. Children, in general, like animals, so this 5.75 inch plate with an exotic animal would have been a delightful gift. 

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