Large creamware charger, Melbourne type with unusual bird prints, c. 1760


Large Melbourne-type creamware charger, the feather-moulded rim form printed with a large central exotic birds print, with one large standing bird on a grassy isle surrounded by waved-lines of water, another perched in a tree and another about to land, with low buildings in the background, the rims with three other unusual prints of birds including one pecking a very lively grub, spaced with three lifesize moths with shadows, the whole with green, yellow, and iron red colours applied over the print. Unmarked, Circa 1760



34cm wide


The exact feather moulded rim can be seen scaled down on plates traditionally attributed to Melbourne pottery, Derbyshire (ref. Bradley, Ceramics of Derbyshire). However, the bird prints, while similar, are not exact, the main point of difference being the bottom edge of the prints on the rim; with Liverpool, Melbourne, and Leeds examples, there are always trailing roots, making a symmetrical pattern. These birds have no trails, which combined with the slightly clumsy manner makes the distinctly different. The existence of an 18th century pottery works at Melbourne, Derbyshire, is based on a chance find of wasters & kiln furniture found on Furnace Farm in the 1960’s. This led to an attribution of a class of creamwares to a Melbourne pottery: however, the shards had been brought there from an unknown location to build up the land, and the origin of this pottery type is still unknown. The site is now under a reservoir, and recent reports of biscuit creamware shards suggest there is indeed a pottery in the location, as yet undiscovered and not found in historical documents - so far. For now, we call it the ‘Melbourne-type’

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