How fantastically psychedelic are these plates!
They are from are series of plates called “Beefeater” – There were 6 plates in this series, and there were also 6 round plates, 6 mugs and 6 bowls with the same designs, but much less commonly found.
Recently I found for the first time some of the fabulous bowls and mugs from the series on Etsy – see below. The design would be from the 1960s or early 1970s – it would be great to know the designer but he or she has not been identified.
Similar in style to the Beefeater plates is a series called “Aquarius” – on the same plate form as Beefeater, and like the Beefeater plates are quite large (Large enough for a whole fish), again with 6 designs in the series.
While the Beefeater ones have a backstamp for the maker as “English Ironstone Pottery Ltd, Staffordshire” the Aquarius plates have “English Ironstone Tableware, by Washington Pottery, Staffordshire”. I believe that this is the same company as the address is/was the same for both – (College Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire). Washington Pottery operated from 1946-1973 – and it was common for potteries in England to use a variety of different trade marks.
The Aquarius design series are much harder to find than the Beefeater design.
The Beefeater photos below are all from the Flickr page of “Beetle2001cybergreen” – Clicking the images will take you to the Flickr page for each. Other images are attributed below, and if not attributed they are my images.
Beefeater Plate, Washington Pottery, Staffordshire
Beefeater Bowls, Washington Pottery Image via “divineinfrance”Etsy
Beefeater Plate Backstamp
Aquarius Plate Backstamp
Beefeater Mugs, Washington Pottery – Image via “BrocanteMitchVintage” on Etsy
According to the Swedish Pottery signatures website, potteries in the town of Laholm Sweden have operated since the 1600’s. The name “Laholm” was used commercially as a brand name from 1945 when a new pottery was built and opened with that name by a Nils Larsson and family.
Earlier this pottery business had been run by Julius Nilsson until 1923, then by an Anders Larsson to 1931. Anders left the business to his son Olof Larsson and grandson Nils Larsson in 1931 who built the new pottery, and called it “Laholm”
The pottery stayed in the Larsson family hands until 2000 when it closed.
Like many local potteries, they produced mainly domestic utilitarian and decorative pieces like jars, lamps, candle holders, flower pots, vases etc.
The designs I have come across have been made of a red terracotta clay, often with a fajance style white underglaze, and hand-painted overglaze patterns and sometimes carved designs – (much in the style of Tilgmans Sweden). These fajance glazed, overpainted pieces would appear to be from the 1950s or 1960s.
These designs contrast strongly with much of the output from the 1970s, which is heavily textured in dark colours…the trend in pottery at the time.
You can nearly always see an interesting and wide range of Laholm pieces for sale on Etsy HERE
Laholm is not to be confused with Norwegian pottery Larholm.
This very attractive pattern is Midwinter “Roselle”, and was produced just before the revolutionary “Stonehenge” series was introduced at Midwinter.
Contrary to what you will read elsewhere, this pattern was designed by Eve Midwinter in 1968 – Not by Jessie Tait. The design is on the popular “Fine Shape” series of forms.
Along with Spanish Garden (by Jessie Tait) Roselle was one of Midwinter’s best selling designs before the introduction of Stonehenge in 1972. It seems to be rarely found here in Australia, but is quite easy to get hold of in the UK.
The delicate border repeat pattern in blues and greens has alternating upright and inverted floral motifs on a bright white background.
The lids and saucers of the design are in a colour somewhere between Royal Blue and Cerulean Blue.