In order to assist visitors in their search for a particular pattern, a number of basic classifications is used on this website. Some patterns can be easily fitted into a class, for example a simply banded pattern or an entirely freehand floral pattern. Others are not as easy to define, particularly when a pot has, for example, a lustre band combined with a print which has been enhanced with enamel colours. The classification therefore relies on deciding what is the principal decoration of the pot: is it floral, lustre, nursery ware etc? Having decided on this basic class, there may be sub-classes to assist its identification, for example, lustre has sub-classes of silver, copper etc. Always consider the principal decoration in order to locate a pattern when its number is not known. The following are the classifications, together with illustrations to assist understanding:
To learn more about a particular design style, click on a heading on the left.
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