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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

1.27.2010

Mystery Plates


The plate that is part of a stylized composition in Carolyn Quartermaine's book, Carolyn Quatermaine Revealed, is from the artist's own collection. To her, the border color is the perfect turquoise.

[Styling by Carolyn Quartermaine, photo by Jacques Dirand from Carolyn Quatermaine Revealed, Rizzoli, 1997.]

She told me that she bought several of them in Norfolk, England at least 25 years ago but doesn't know anything about the manufacturer. We are posting an image of the back in hopes that someone might have a few guesses to share.

Please click the pictures above to enlarge.

[Carolyn Quartermaine, in Cote Sud France, photo by Martin Morrell.]

13 comments:

La Maison Fou said...

It is a pretty shade of turquoise!
Nice color combo ......
Thanks for sharing,
Leslie

TERI REES WANG said...

That traditional turquoise is the color my of my bathroom. It is also the color of a collection of vases that reminds me most of my Grandmother.

I bet if you search Ebay, you will find another match of china.

Stacy said...

they are lovely! thanks for the detective work!

Anonymous said...

The mark on the dishes is a Design Registration Mark or Kite Mark, translated it is: D = September, X = 1868, 25 is the day. 13 is the bundle and IV is the class.

Cote de Texas said...

Stunning. absolutely gorgeous!

Karena said...

Beautiful plates. I love them and in a favorite shade!

Mélanie said...

Gorgeous ! I know a lot of marks but I've never seen this one

richspen said...

More information about Registration Marks can be found at this site.
http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/masonicmuseum/Dating_English_Registry_Marks.htm

Style Court said...

To add to the intrigue, Carolyn just heard from someone who believes the plates are Worcester. They are contacting the Worcester museum right now, and Carolyn is brainstorming the possibility of designing some fabric based on the registration marks.

casapinka2 said...

She's right - that border is pretty perfect. That being said, all of her work is just divine. I have a number of her things in my inspiration journals.

lady jicky said...

Wonderful plates but if they were Worcester I would have thought they would have been clearly labeled with their name.
Whatever they are - beautiful!

Emile de Bruijn said...

If it turns out to be difficult to identify the maker, you could try contacting the National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk), where the original files on these design registrations are held.

Anonymous said...

The porcelain in English. It is Davenport. That printed mark was used from 1842-1883. The key indicates it was produced D = September, X = 1868, 25 = is the day, 13 = the parcel number.

Holly Phillips
The English Room