Monday, January 18, 2016


While searching for photos of peacocks printed on pottery (more alliterative than I intended), I came across this picture that my husband took at Warwick Castle in 2004.  Peacocks are one of my favorite birds.  Actually,  I like most birds.  Here are some of my posts about other birds; "Beatles, Blackbirds, and Crows, " "The Goldfinch," and "Robin Redbreast."  There may be more.  But, back to peacocks.  They are very popular on transferware.

One of the earliest transferware peacock patterns is found on a 10 inch plate in a series known as "Ornithological."  The pattern is copied from a print found in Thomas Bewick's 1797 book "History of British Birds Volume 1, Land Birds."  (If interested, you can read my post "Ornithological Series And Thomas Bewick.")

Ornithological Series 10 inch plate.  The pattern was made by more than one factory.

Peacock from Thomas Bewick's "History of British Birds, Volume 1, Land Birds," 1797.

Spode (1770-1833) made a rather stylized peacock pattern, which is surrounded by a Chinoiserie border.  It is known as "Old Peacock."

Spode "Old Peacock" plate.

J. Dimmock & Co. (1862-1904) made a 17 inch platter titled "Belmont" that features a large peacock.  I wonder why the series was called "Belmont" instead of "Peacock."

J. Dimmock & Co. "Belmont" 17 inch platter.

Below is a pattern on a teapot titled "Peacock," but you have to look carefully to see the bird.  Maybe it should have been called "Belmont!"

Wood & Brownfield (1837-1850) teapot.  The large panel shows a landscape.  The peacock is inside the ovals near the spout and handle.  Click on the photo to make it larger.

Peacocks feature on many items made for children.

Peacock 7.25 inch plate with a molded alphabet border.

Child's mug with a peacock sitting on the letter P.  Peacock's often illustrate the letter P.

Yellow glazed child's mug with a rather primitive peacock.

Peacocks on a teal printed jug from a child's tea service.

David took a photo of the huge Minton ceramic peacock at the Potteries Museum in Stoke.  It is an example of "art imitating life."  Well, almost.  Read about the Minton peacock by clicking on the link.
Minton majolica Peacock/I had a hard time removing the background from this old photo.

The San Francisco Zoo has pictures of feathers and wings for photo opportunities.   The peacock feathers are a favorite.

Photo op at the San Francisco Zoo.

I never really thought about the way the peacock's feathers looked from behind.

The back end of the peacock.

Just one more pattern.

Peacocks decorating a so-called Salopian saucer.  If you want to know more about Salopian, read my post titled "Salopian Or Not?"
This is really the end.

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