From Bulletin 119 April 2003.

PARROT BORDER SERIES - from Michael Sack

I have solved the mystery of the pattern on the vegetable tureen lid in the Parrot Border series first shown in Bulletin 51 page 6 (in reverse), and here (below) the right way round. The source print is titled: The Cuttub Minar in the Ruins of Ancient Delhi, and it is from Charles Ramus Forrest's A Picturesque Tour along the Ganges and Jumna Rivers in India, plate XXII, facing page 179. We now know the source prints for all fourteen of the Parrot Border patterns that have surfaced so far. As can be seen, the principal structure, the namesake of the print, has been omitted from the transferware design, and only some ruins to the left have been used.



TWO SHELL DISHES - from Arleen and Grahame Tanner

The dessert plate (above top) is known to be of Cambrian Pottery origin and is illustrated in Morton Nance's Pottery and Porcelain of Swansea and Nantgarw opp. page 50 plate XIA. What is interesting about the other dish, possibly a muffin dish base, is that its central motif appears to be the same as that on the dessert plate. The dish below has no marks but does have an ochre rim. Without writing in tablets of stone we do feel that this dish is also of Cambrian origin. The Swansea factory produced a variety of shell patterns over the years and, knowing of the extensive study of shells by the intelligentsia of South Wales at Swansea and of Dillwyn's academic expertise in the subject in particular, we feel this tends to strengthen the argument. The top plate is 200mm in diameter, while the dish below is 190mm in diameter.