ORPHANS AND ARCHERS
From Ian Willis
The picture above shows a saucer, 127 mm in diameter, bearing a pattern titled, somewhat quaintly perhaps, ORPHANS, in a printed cartouche very similar to that shown in True Blue, mark S 19. The mark also includes the initials W S & C, for William Smith and Co of the Stafford Pottery, Stockton on Tees (1822 - 55) [ A number of patterns by this manufacturer are known, but this one is, I think, a new one. Ed]
The pattern shows two girls, neatly dressed, one with her arm around the other's waist, whilst the latter holds a hat in front of the former. They stand in a meadow with, behind them, a thatched stable and a small church.
The bowl above bears the title ARCHERS in a printed cartouche, as shown. It is part of a bowl and ewer set, a ewer in the same pattern being shown in Coysh I plate 129. In addition to the same printed cartouche, the ewer also bears the impressed mark of the Glamorgan Pottery, BAKER, BEVANS & IRWIN in a horseshoe shape around an impressed figure 7. [The Glamorgan Pottery traded from 1813 - 1838 and these pieces date to the later years. Ed.]
The bowl is quite large with a rim diameter of 337 mm, base diameter of 159 mm, and a height of 114 mm. (The height of the ewer is given as 224 mm.)
[In the case of the ewer, Coysh comments that the piece is poorly decorated with a rather blurred transfer, either badly engraved or from worn plates. After close scrutiny of the illustration, it seems to me that he is perhaps being a little harsh. The colour may be on the pale side but the pattern detail can be clearly seen, even in half tones, as, indeed, it can on the bowl shown here. Paler hues were the fashion in the late 1830's and 40's and the style of engraving and subject matter gave the effect that we see here. At all events, it seems that the deer in the scene are not going to stay to find out what the lady and gentleman archer in the foreground are planning to use for target practice! Ed]