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Patterns of the Month: Literature

Each month we feature a new pattern from our Pattern and Source Print pattern and source print database and archive them on these pages by category.

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Circus Acrobats

Circus AcrobatsCircus Acrobats

Seen is a 17.25 by 14.5 inch platter in a pattern known as "Circus Acrobats." It was made by the Middlesbro' Pottery Co. (1834-1887). There is an interesting history of the tall man in the center of the platter in the TCC database.

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

 


"Foot Of Mount Sinai"

"Foot Of Mount Sinai""Foot Of Mount Sinai"

Shown is "Foot of Mount Sinai" 7.25 inch plate from the "Illustrations of the Bible" series by Thomas Mayer (1826-1838), ca. 1835. The series was printed in an assortment of colors and patterns. Six patterns are found in the TCC Pattern And Source Print Database. Members only: for more information about this pattern and to see other similar patterns, search the Pattern and Source Print Database.

 

Zeus (Jupiter) in his Chariot

Millenium mark thumbnailHere is a 10 inch plate made by Spode (1770-1833) in the Greek Pattern. It is part of a series where most sizes and shapes have a different center surrounded by the same border. This pattern depicts Zeus (Jupiter) in his Chariot. It is copied from the work of Wilhelm Tischbein, 1791. Members only: for more information about this pattern and to see other similar patterns, search the Pattern and Source Print Database.

Millenium plate thumbnail

"Millenium"

Millenium mark thumbnailShown here is a 10 inch plate in the "Millenium" pattern by Ralph Stevenson & Son (1810-1835). Today "Millenium" would be spelled "Millennium." It was an immensely popular pattern in the United States. It is found printed in every color except yellow. The religious symbolism is very interesting. Members only: for more information about this pattern and to see other similar patterns, search the Pattern and Source Print Database.

Don Quixote plate

" Don Quixote and the Shepherdesses"

Don Quixote markShown here is a 10 inch plate from the Don Quixote series by an unknown maker. It is from a dinner service bearing patterns based on the illustrations by Robert Smirke and Charles Westall of the story of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. For more information about this series, see the pattern and source print database.

Lady of the Lake plate

"Lady of the Lake"Lady of the Lake Mark

This 10 inch plate was made by Thomas & John Carey (1823 -1842).  The pattern is a composite  based on two engravings of the drawings of Richard Westall which were used as illustrations for Sir Walter Scott's "Lady of the Lake". For more information about this series, see the pattern and source print database.

Platter

CompositeMark"As You Like It," Act V, Scene 4 from "The Drama" series by John Rogers & Son (1815-1842) is found on a 21 inch by 16 inch platter.  It is seen here with its source print,  which is based on an engraving by Jean Pierre Simon (1791), from a painting by the artist William Hamilton,commissioned by John Boydell for his Shakespeare Gallery in London and published by him in 1792.  For more information about this series, see the pattern and source print database.

Moses on Mt. Sinai

"Moses On Mount Sinai" 
Found on an 8 inch plate, this pattern is part of a series entitled "Scripture Illustrations."  Another item in the series, "The Faith of Abraham,"can be found in the pattern and source print database. The pattern was made by Knight Elkin & Bridgwood (1829-1840).

Aesop's Fables Sow and Wolf platter
Aesop's Fables Sow and Wolf mark"Aesop's Fables, The Sow and the Wolf" This 16.5 inch by 13 inch platter was produced by Copeland & Garrett after 1833. The patterns in this series produced prior to 1833 had the word SPODE on the lower left part of the ribbon; however, that name has been covered over. The same copper plates were used by this successor to Spode. For more information about this platter and this series, see the pattern and source print database.


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