The attribution of this Clarke transfer to the Sheriff Hill Pottery, is tentative to say the least. No objects with Clarke have yet been found with the 'J.&P' Sheriff Hill impressed mark. However, this Clarke pairs with the Wesley in my previous blog post, which appears on a plate with the impressed mark.
The 'Sheriff Hill' Wesley appears on a wider variety of plaque forms than the Clarke. Below are a 'Sheriff Hill' Wesley and Clarke pair. Note the 'FOUNDER OF THE' in Wesley's title.
The plaque below left also has the 'Sheriff Hill' Clarke transfer. Its defining feature is a spiky 'aura' (much like Wesley's). As discussed in previous posts, the 'Dixon' and 'Southwick' Clarke have curvy undulating auras. I've posted a 'Southwick' Clarke below right for comparison.
If anyone has an object with the impressed 'J.&P' mark (with or without Wesley and Clarke), I'd love to hear from them.
Take a look at the 'Sheriff Hill' Clarke below from the Sunderland Museum collection. Its form is similar to some of the 'Sheriff Hill' Wesleys for which, as yet, I've seen no Clarke to pair. Like the 'Sheriff Hill' Wesley beside it, it has a finely moulded inner ring of yellow beading, which crops off some of the transfer.
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