12/20/2010 0 Comments
The 'Dixon' Clarke
For just about every Wesley, there's a Clarke to pair. So further to my December 17 blog post, here are the corresponding Clarkes. NB the transfer on the circular black and yellow bordered plaque, unlike the Wesley, appears to be a reasonable print.
The Clarke transfer attributed to 'Dixon' (below left) has a curvy undulating 'aura'. Its peaks (or prongs to use the term in my Wesley blog post) cling much closer to Clarke's outline, particularly at the bottom right, where the first is almost lost in Clarke's jacket. The below right plaque, in contrast, has pointed prongs much more similar to Wesley's. (Click on the photos to enlarge and to navigate between the images.)
The below left plaque is also attributed to Dixon. The below right (non-Dixon) version has a similar curvy aura, but the peaks are much higher to the right of Clarke, particularly at the bottom. The white spaces between the peaks are thinner.
The next two plaques are both Dixon. The left has the Dixon, Phillips and Co, surrounding anchor, impressed mark. I've suggested a date range of 1834–1850 for this mark. The right plaque is later, c1851–1865, and has the impressed mark Dixon Co.
The final plaque is attributed to John Carr's Low Lights Pottery in North Shields, but also has the 'Dixon' Clarke transfer. It seems likely, therefore, that it post dates 1865 when the Garrison Pottery (Dixon & partners) closed. The copper transfer plates were sold to other potteries in that year. Again, the transfer plate looks to have been re-engraved to improve clarity.
If anyone reading this disagrees with my logic, please get in touch. Also, I'd love to hear from anyone with a Clarke plaque that pairs with plaque 6 in my Wesley blog post.
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