Pattern No: A8261

Pattern Name Design Type Designer Likely Design Date
Strawberry (BC) Lustre - copper SC Talbot 1945

Notes

If the amount of A8261 pots seen at auction and on auction sites is anything to go by, this must have been a very popular pattern. It has been recorded on a wide range of both useful and ornamental ware such as tea and coffee ware, jugs of various shapes, plates of various shapes, cheese/butter dishes, comports, bowls, breakfast-in-bed sets and preserve pots.
Many of the pots recorded have been in North America, undoubtedly a reflection of the influence of the British government’s introduction of regulations concerning decorated pottery during the Second World War: the manufacture of decorated pots for the Home market was largely forbidden in order to encourage and develop export sales.

The second image is of a breakfast-in-bed set: see the website section Ware Suppliers, Futura Art Pottery for more information on these sets.

The small jug in the seventh image was known as a ‘Castle’ jug at Gray’s Pottery: see the website section Retailers, North America – USA, Skinners for more information on these jugs.

This pattern was on display and, probably, also being used for demonstration purposes, at the 1951 Festival of Britain Exhibition in London.

The pattern appeared in Pottery and Glass in May 1945 in a feature about Gray’s Pottery and was regularly part of the company’s advertisements in the same magazine in July 1946 and from May 1952 up to January 1954 (see the Adverts section). It also featured in the Studio Year Book – Decorative Art, 1943-48.

At least one pot of this pattern has been recorded with an early Clipper (Hanley) backstamp – either reference N0 or N1 (see the Backstamps section), marks typically in use between 1931 and 1933. The only logical explanation is that there was a shortage of the later Clipper (Stoke-on-Trent) backstamp: perhaps there was an interruption of supplies during the restrictive conditions imposed by the Second World War.

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