Pottery Post Medieval Period ( Part Four )

06 Jul

This post is my last one about Pottery of the Post Medieval times and, as stated in previous posts I have chosen some of the most famous pottery manufacturers as well as my favorites.I will however give a few other popular pottery manufacturers which you may be interested in to study, with a view to collecting in the future.


John Rose began his career as an apprentice at the Caughley Porcelain Manufactory on the opposite bank of the River Severn England. Luckily for John he was apprenticed to Thomas Turner, an eminent engraver and potter. By 1796 when John Rose, and Edward Blakeley a former Mayor of Shrewsbury and a shareholder in the spectacular Iron Bridge built over the River Severn. They bought the Caughley pottery in l799 and set up another at nearby Jackfield a year later, and shortly afterwards moved the complete business to Coalport where they produced a good quality hard-past porcelain

John Rose John Rose.

During the Coalport- Caughley period decoration in the factory was chiefly painting and printing in underglaze blue, with a small amount of enameling. Dinner services decorated with chinoiserie scenes, in imitation of the blue painted Chinese export wares were especially popular , helped by the fact that East India Company had ceased to import Oriental wares. The outstanding designs followed Caughley and included the famous Willow pattern and the Broseley dragon printed in blues-a pure cobalt and lavender- touched with gold.  Painted decoration was minimal on ordinary table ware with simple floral designs.Excavations carried out at the Caughley site clearly identified a popular form of plate with six regularly spaced indentations around the rim, they are of a type that was obviously among those sold in the white glazed state to outside decorators.

Caughley Blue and White Pickle Dish c l800

Caughley Blue and White Pickle Dish c l800. Fisherman and  Cormorant pattern.

During the l800s the Coalport factory produced a range of shapes and patterns but the” Japan ” patterns with their areas of deep underglaze blue and overglazed red ,green and gilt embellishments are prominent. These Japan patterns are associated with the Derby factory but they were common to most ceramic manufacturers.

Coalport Plate Imari design c l8l5

Coalport Dessert Plate Imari design c l8l5.

Coalport Tree of Life Porcelain Plate Imari Design c l8l0Coalport Porcelain plate The Tree of Life pattern c l8l0

The blue and white is usually my favorite but this Coalport Tree of Life pattern is exceedingly beautiful.

Coalport China Bowl Coalport Jardinaire c l795-l8l0

Soon after l8l0 Coalport china was recognized by its soft white tone, clear surface and creamy translucency. Further technical improvements in the early l820s it was made yet more purely white, finer textured, with a high white translucency. A soft, smooth lead glaze was used until l820 when John Rose introduced his celebrated leadless glaze, hard, transparent and highly lustrous. The presence of lead in the glaze had an advert effect on the enamels laid over it, particularly the sensitive tints and those prepared from gold oxide.

In l82l Samuel Walker introduced a beautiful maroon ground which became a Coalport characteristic. Decoration became richer and more varied and in the reign of George lV;  splendid dinner, dessert and tea sets were issued in brilliant colors with highly burnished gilding.

Coalport centrepiece made for the visit of Tsar Nicholas l to England l845

This magnificent centerpiece,  along with the rest of the service, was made at the Coalport Factory for the visit of the Tsar Nicholas l to England in l845. Now in the Coalport China Museum

From the l830s highly ornamented, rococo shapes and flower- encrustation on items such as vases, clock cases, ink-stands. baskets, jugs and pastille burners were overlaid with masses of small flowers. These flower encrusted wares are usually known as Coalbrookdale and maybe so marked in blue.

Coalbrookdale Teapot

A beautiful Coalbrookdale Teapot l9th century

Below   Coalport China Basket.

Coalport China Basket.

Coalport was the first English pottery to reproduce the famous  “rose pompadour” for which a gold medal was awarded at the Great Exhibition.l85l .

Below are some  Coalbrookdale-Coalport marks to be found on some of the pottery items.

Coalbrookdale Marks

Coalport Marks

Here as promised, are a few more names of popular pottery manufacturers from the 18th-19th centuries you may like to research yourselves should you be interested.


Parian Ware was popular in Victorian times because of its marble like beauty and because it was inexpensive to buy at that time. Several English factories claimed credit for its development. But the Staffordshire firm operated by William Taylor Copeland and Thomas Garret was the first to produce and sell it in l842. It was produced by other manufacturers but called  a different name. Copeland called it “Statuary Porcelain ” . Wedgewood named it  “Carrara” but it was Minton who coined the word “Parian”  to suggest Paros, the Greek isle.

Popular forms produced were portrait busts of notables such as Shakespeare, Disraeli, and Napoleon but the Victorians favored pitchers and vases of various sizes and shapes. Potteries all over the British Isles produced Parian. Leading makers of it included, Copeland , Minton, Worcester, Wedgewood, Goss and others.


Parian Ware Jug

Parian Ware Jug.


The Elers Brothers produced Red Stone Wares and were very popular in the l7-l8th century

Elers Teapot c l690-l698

Elers  Red stoneware teapot c l690-l695

Below is an example of a Salt Glazed Stoneware teapot made in Staffordshire painted in enamels c l750.

There are many Staffordshire potters too numerous to add here but you can look them up for yourself if you are interested.

Staffordshire Saltglazed stoneware teapot painted in enamels c l750


Thomas Toft Slipware.

An Early Thomas Toft  Slipware Dish.


Spode l9th century Sucrier

A l9th century Spode hand painted and gilded Sucrier


Remember to look at markings either at the underside of an item or just inside the base rim.

The color of  early gilding is usually a deeper mature gold whereas later gilding is more brassy

Porcelain is transparent as is Parian Ware when held to the light.

China is transparent.

Be aware of fakes as well as reproductions by carrying with you when visiting antique shops the pocket book of marks as given below.


And lastly if you have any questions please ask.


Posted by on July 6, 2013 in Antiques


4 responses to “Pottery Post Medieval Period ( Part Four )

  1. nutsfortreasure

    July 6, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Awesome fact filled post! Lots of beautiful examples too! Nice post once again Rita. I was given a tea cup and saucer to sell at the yard sale I had no idea of it’s worth and when it did not sell I took it and other gorgeous pieces home to photography and place on EBAY for more than a $1 well turning it over and then googling it I found the cup to be selling by others from $250 to $350 US dollars WOW we can do a lot in our small town if they all are worth me researching and taking pretty pictures of 🙂

    I kept it because of it’s garden theme it is china and the teacups handle is a gorgeous Butterfly such a gem!


  2. ritaroberts

    July 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Eunice. I am pleased you are enjoying my Pottery posts and hope it will help you identify other pieces you might come across. Were you able to date your cup and saucer it sounds very pretty ?. I don’t know much about American pottery though, only English, Dutch and German. Would like to see a pic of it, you can e mail it to me if you wish. Thanks for reading.


  3. nutsfortreasure

    July 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    OK will do as I am still debating what we as a club should do our Meeting is Monday night so nothing being done I will email you the photo later on I have to go water before the temps get insane oh and hang laundry out 🙂


  4. nutsfortreasure

    July 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks so much



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