Pattern No: 4640

Pattern Name Design Type Designer Likely Design Date
Not known Lustre - multicolour Not known 1925

Notes

The colours of the fruit set shown are in good condition. However, in a general note about lustres issued by Gray’s Pottery, probably in the late 1940s or early 1950s, the company said:

Lustres are of a very delicate nature and require careful handling by the purchasers. On no account must hash abrasives be used in cleaning. Items decorated by firms of repute are carefully selected and are mostly ornamental. To use lustre on Fruit Sets or domestic pottery for everyday use would be fatal. Fruit juices or vinegar would soon take away the thin film of lustre leaving the buyer in an aggrieved state of mind. In their own interest, customers must use their discretion when buying these goods, and salesmen should advise them, emphasising this point.

Many examples of Gray’s lustre fruit sets exhibit the problems cited, especially in the loss of blue and yellow colours – but that obviously didn’t stop the company producing them!

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