From Bulletin 156  June 2012.



STONE CHINA MARKS - an appeal for help
from DES SCANLON

An interesting piece of Blue & White earthenware has recently come to my attention on which I would love to have examples or information. Although the Broseley Willow pattern, Shuttered version is itself fairly mundane, the focus of interest is the mark which is placed on the foot of this centerpiece. I am looking for any other examples of this mark in the same format - but not necessarily the same size.

Stoneware marks

Some time ago there was another STONE CHINA mark on another piece, this time a 9" square dish in Opium Smokers pattern. It is possible that both these marks originated from the same manufacturer. Once again, if there are any examples of this mark I would be very pleased to hear about them. Any information or comments would be very welcome. Further details on these marks will be forthcoming at a later date.
I can be contacted by email on des9@waitrose.com. Alternatively, I can be contacted at
my postal address - 9 Waterside Close, Andoversford, Cheltenham GL54 4LG.



SHAKESPEARE & HIS MULBERRY TREE – from TREVOR KENTISH

William Shakespeare was born at Stratford-on-Avon in 1564 and he died in 1616. He bought New Place in 1597 and reputedly planted a Mulberry tree there in 1602. The tree and indeed New Place itself were destroyed by a subsequent owner in 1759. I show below pictures of an unmarked and damaged 6" high mug which was previously seen in Bulletin 47/11. I also illustrate a 6.5" plate with a moulded edge also unmarked. On either side of the mug are shown Shakspeare's Birth Place and New Place. To the centre is a picture of the Bard himself, leaning on a pillar adorned with books and theatrical images. He is flanked by the initials JS and PS which are of uncertain significance and this scene is topped by the words 'The Immortal Shakespear'. Around the top of the mug are theatrical scenes from his plays.

  

Shakespeare mug

The final two images are from a similar mug in the V&A Museum which they would love to have more information on. It also is unmarked and they have it labelled as first half of the 18th century. I think that members will agree that they are about 100 years out ! Full details of the V&A mug can be viewed on their website. As can be seen, my plate has a letter 'M' to the left of the Mulberry Tree which I took to be an alphabet plate, M for Mulberry. However, the V&A mug also has 'M' to the left of the mulberry tree and 'BAKER' to the right. I now believe that my plate probably bears an incomplete print and that the V&A mug probably has a 'dedication' to M Baker which just adds to the mystery.
The V&A mug bears theatrical images as an internal border, but totally different to my external border.
Both mugs have a different narrow border, inside my mug and outside on the V&A example. Members thoughts and attribution suggestions would be much appreciated by the Editor & the V&A. I dropped English Literature as soon as I possibly could at grammar school so I am a little out of my depth here!!

VIEW of the TOWN & HARBOUR of LIVERPOOL from SEACOMB from PETER HYLAND

A cake dish, 28cm (11ins) diameter, with 'View of the Town & Harbour of Liverpool from Seacomb' and the 'Foremark, Derbyshire' patterns border(see Bulletin155/11). The print appears to be a cut-down version of the print on the meat dish in B&W I p382. This cake dish has the same 'rock cartouche' mark.
The source print would appear to be a print of the same name engraved by T. Dixon after a painting by John Jenkinson, 1816, and published in Liverpool in 1820. However, the printing plate engraver has made several alterations in the position of the various groupings and has left some details out altogether.
The dish shown in the Dictionary is described as "maker unknown", correctly in my view, and the same applies to this cake dish. Neither shows any features which would link it with the Herculaneum Pottery.
We still await an attribution for this series of views with the 'Cowman' or 'Foremark, Derbyshire' border.

Liverpool