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Thomas Dimmock Rose Border plate - 1828-1859

Thomas Dimmock Rose Border plate
    Thomas Dimmock Rose Border plate

The Wedgwood Museum has in its collections not only pieces by Wedgwood and other members of the Wedgwood Group. It also holds a small number of works by other firms which are used as comparison pieces. This plate by Thomas Dimmock (Jnr) & Co is one such example. It is decorated with underglaze blue transfer printing and over-glaze hand-enamelling to create the vivid floral border against the pearlware body.

The Wedgwood Museum has in its collections not only pieces by Wedgwood and other members of the Wedgwood Group. It also holds a small number of works by other firms which are used as comparison pieces. This plate by Thomas Dimmock (Jnr) & Co is one such example. It is decorated with underglaze blue transfer printing and over-glaze hand-enamelling to create the vivid floral border against the pearlware body. An exact date of manufacture is not known, however Dimmock only manufactured between 1828 and 1859.

  • Type of object: Dinner ware/plate
  • Mark: PEARL WARE
    (Monogram D device)
    [Impressed]
    ROSE BORDER
    [Underglaze blue printed on a background design of two rose leaves]
    D
    [Underglaze blue printed]
    T
    1/3519 (Fractional pattern number)
    [Painted in red]

  • Year produced: 1828-1859
  • Body: pearlware
  • Glaze: pearl
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: hand-enamelled, under-glaze blue-painted and printed, edge-lined
  • Accession number: 12421i
  • Dimensions: 232 mm (diameter), 27 mm (depth)

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Glossary

  • Thomas Dimmock (Jnr) & Co

    Thomas Dimmock (Jnr) & Co

    Thomas Dimmock (Senior) founded the works which his son Thomas Dimmock (Jnr) purchased around 1838. The firm originally operated the Albion Street Works from 1828 - 59 and the Tontine Street Works from 1830 - 1850. They produced 'good quality' earthenware.The works were demolished in 1904.

  • Pearlware

    Pearlware

     

    Essentially an earthenware body, which has had extra flint added to the initial clay-mix and cobalt to the glaze, to enhance the overall blue-white appearance of the ware. Initially perfected by Josiah Wedgwood I in around 1779, this ceramic ware was basically developed to meet the competition of imported blue-decorated Chinese porcelain. Production of this particular ceramic body continued until 1940.

    The development of pearlware by Josiah Wedgwood was a response to his fear that Queen's ware had become so popular that it was losing it's cachet amongst his clientele. For example on the 6th August 1779 Josiah wrote to Thomas Bentley "I should not hesitate a moment in prefering the creamware if I consulted my own taste and sentiments but you know what Lady Dartmouth told us , that she & her friends were tired of creamcolour & so they would of Angels if they were shown for sale in every chandlers shop throughout the time."