It’s All In The Handle

The unmarked brown  transferware pitcher on the top shelf was a mystery that I always intended to solve.  For the most part, I knew the potter and pattern of all the others pieces on these shelves…

Transferware Assortment

Transferware Assortment

But this hexagonal sided pitcher with the very realistic image of cows on one side and ivy on the other has remained unidentified for many years now.

Unmarked Pitcher

Unmarked Pitcher

It wasn’t until I was going through some old photos of transferware on the computer that I saw a hexagonal plate with raised handles that had a very similar image of farm animals with ivy.  Then it dawned on me that I had seen this same shape with the raised handles somewhere else before.  It was on an unmarked plate depicting what appeared to be a peasant girl leaning on a fence holding a rake.  This pattern is often called “Girl With the Rake”.

"Girl With the Rake"

“Girl With the Rake”

Another unmarked plate with the same format (hard to see the handles)…

The "Artist"

The “Artist”

Then I remembered that years ago I had seen the same plate with handles, and this one was marked “Rangoon” and “Emery Burslem England”.  So now I knew that the hexagonal shaped plate with the same handles had been manufactured by Francis Joseph Emery. 


“Rangoon” Marked Emery

This is a  close-up of the handle from an “Adiantum” pattern plate (also has a Emery mark) that appears on each of the plates above.

Close-Up of Handle

Close-Up of Handle

Perhaps this shape was patented by Mr. Emery between 1878 and 1883 during which period of time he received five ornamental design patents.  (I’ve seen an hexagonal covered casserole, maybe these plates were made to go under that casserole).

Following is a composite of snippets referring to various Emery patents between 1859 and 1883.

Emery Patents 1859 - 1883

Emery Patents 1859 – 1883

The Art Journal article mentions Emery’s newly invented process of crayon drawing on porcelain (second column, second paragraph):

1865 Article from "The Art Journal"

1865 Article from “The Art Journal”

And the following 1882 article written by F. J. Emery himself is really what tied it all together for me.  Within it he describes using actual photographs in the transfer process to decorate pottery.

From 1882 Journal of Photography

From 1882 “Journal of Photography”

This photographic process is briefly described here:

1890 "Anthony's Photographic Bulletin, Volume 21"

1890 “Anthony’s Photographic Bulletin, Volume 21”

And briefly mentioned here:

1908 "The Amateur Photographer and Photographic News Volume 48a"

1908 “The Amateur Photographer and Photographic News Volume 48a”

When I first acquired my pitcher, I thought the image resembled a photograph.  Now I believe this is one of Emery’s examples of pottery produced by that process.  The hexagonal shape of the pitcher is certainly characteristic of his works.  The handle on my pitcher is another clue that this pitcher is Emery’s for he used that same angular shape with a little round button on his pitchers and teapots.

And I believe the “Girl With a Rake” and “Artist” patterns were also manufactured by F. J. Emery.

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2 Responses to It’s All In The Handle

  1. KerryCan says:

    Your mind is an encyclopedia of patterns and details! I can’t believe how you put this all together–and I imagine you’ll keep looking for more info on the pitcher. So cool!

  2. queenofsienna says:

    Reblogged this on Transferware.

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