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Barber, Edwin Atlee, 1851-1916 / Anglo-American pottery; old English china with American views, a manual for collectors

Staffordshire pottery,   pp. [21]-22

Page [21]

S HAS ALREADY been stated, one of the most inter-
esting phases of the art of old English potters was the
printing of American scenery. views of prominent
buildings and places, and illustrations of historical events on
the crockery intended for sale in the United States. The pro-
cess consisted in the engraving of the designs on copper and the
tranference of the same to the ware by means of wet impressions
made on tissue paper with prepared colors mixed with oil. Ear-
ly in the present century the Staffordshire potters commenced to
print these designs in dark bilue. nd  intinued to use this color
nlintost exclusively on cieap ible ad tolilet wares until ablt
IS30. This nolhod of deeoratinig was employed il maiy of the
larger pottervies ot the Shiffordshire district. and each potter
usually had his own cltarteristite botder designs, by means of
which it is generltly possible to list iiguish the work of' the
various aiainuftuatrers, except in those eases wher no tiarks
were pilaced lponi the ware 0 Imurnisli a suiggestiotn as to its
iiobable origin.
The question unituala ly arises, why was this particliair class
of household crockery of that period decorated in this maantner?
There were two reasons why the deep    lue color was used in
sitlt prof'usioni.  Itn the first place the ware, whilt was made

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