BLIND MAN'S BUFF IN THE OPEN
From Arleen and Grahame Tanner
Morton Nance refers to this pattern as 'Blind Man's Buff in the Open' and as taken from "an interesting transfer series of the period which consists of small plates of various sizes (4 1/8 inches up to 7 inches diameter) decorated with RURAL SCENES in black, although I have seen one example in red."
These plates were produced 1831 to 1850 in the Lewis LLewellyn Dillwyn period (see Morton Nance p. 166 pl LXVIII). However in Riley's Gifts for Good Children we see a sepia printed version with over-painting, and a colour-painted border different from that shown here. (Plate CXLIII of the 1831-50 period) and again given to Swansea. We can assume then that this print was produced in black, red and sepia.
The porringer cup we show here is clearly of a much earlier period and more finely executed and potted. Whilst the later wares seem to have been geared towards sales for children, this porringer cup seems more appropriate for adults. And while the subject matter would lend itself to wares for children, it cannot preclude its use at an earlier time for adults. No marks, simply lightly turned concentric circles. Height 62mm., Diameter 92mm.
It seems to us that the title Blind Man's Buff in the Open would be an apt title for ceramic enthusiasts relishing the detective work of finding out 'Who done it?'
[Editor's Note: This pattern appeared in Bulletin 69 page 11 on a plate (shown again below) of unknown dimensions. The space between the border and the central pattern appears to be simply covered in a dark blue wash, but may have some engraving. The strange smoke-ring-like flowers in the border are again clearly seen.
The concentric motif in the bottom of the cup should also be compared with somewhat similar motifs on Swansea pieces seen elsewhere in this issue.]