Monday, January 21, 2013

TRANSFERWARE ZOO PATTERNS #2

Here is another zoological pattern that was created to take advantage of the popularity of the London zoo.  It is called simply "Zoological."  It was made by Robinson, Wood & Brownfield in 1837.  Printed in colors such as brown, purple, teal, pink and blue,  each size and shape depicts a different animal enclosure.  Kangaroos, elephants, zebras, tigers, and lions are only a few of the animal that appear in this series.   The patterns don't seem to be copied from a source print; they look like romanticized versions of zoo animals and enclosures.  The close-up of the lions shows sweet, almost human faces.   The enclosure, even by 19th century standards, is much too small!
"Zoological" 17.5 inch platter by Robinson, Wood & Brownfield

"Zoological" mark

Close-up of  "Zoological" Lions platter

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