|Enoch Wood & Sons "Sporting Series" 16 inch Polar Bear platter|
February 27 is National Polar Bear Day. It is also National Strawberry Day and National Kahlua Day! As I said in my last post, there seems to be a national holiday for almost everything. There also seems to be a transferware pattern for everything too.
Polar bears feature on items found in two major animal series; "Sporting Series" by Enoch Wood & Sons and "Quadrupeds" by John Hall. They are copied from the polar bear print found in "A Cabinet Of Quadrupeds" by John Church, which was published in 1805.
|"Polar Bear" print from "A Cabinet Of Quadrupeds" by John Church, 1805.|
The "Sporting Series" polar bear was used on four shapes; a platter (above), a basket, a soup tureen undertray and a vegetable/pie dish.
|Enoch Wood & Sons "Sporting Series" basket|
|Enoch Wood & Sons "Sporting Series" soup tureen undertray|
|Enoch Wood & Sons "Sporting Series" open vegetable bowl or pie dish|
The "Quadrupeds" polar bear was used on the base of a square covered tureen.
|John Hall "Quadrupeds" polar bear vegetable tureen|
Robinson, Wood & Brownfield (1837-1837) made a series called "Zoological." It features fanciful patterns of the London Zoological Gardens (London Zoo), which opened in Regent's Park in 1828. Below is a scene of the polar bear enclosure.
|Robinson, Wood & Brownfield (1837-1837) "Zoological" 12 inch platter|
Here's a real polar bear that I photographed at the San Francisco Zoo.
Happy National Polar Bear Day! Let's keep them safe.