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Midwinter Queensberry

Midwinter “Queensberry” was the first a series of very popular striped patterns introduced by Midwinter (and many other manufacturers) in the early 1960s. It was in production 1962-1978 on the “Fine” Shape.

As suggested by the name, the pattern was designed by the Marquis (David) Queensberry – who also designed the forms of this series along with Roy Midwinter.

The design of Queensberry had smaller rims than other designs in this series, but was otherwise the same. Features of the Fine Shape series included stackable items and dual function pieces on straight sided forms.

The design consists of stripes of varying widths in olive, yellow ochre, grey and black.

The design reminds me of lines drawn with oil pastels or crayon – and works so well on these “Fine Series” forms. Although a transfer printed design, it has the appearance of being hand painted.

Midwinter Queensberry

Midwinter Queensberry

Midwinter Queensberry

Midwinter Queensberry

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Midwinter Sienna

Midwinter Sienna

Midwinter Sienna was designed by Jessie Tait (1928-2010) for Midwinter in 1962 on the “Fine” shape/series.

The forms for the “Fine” series were designed by David Queensbury and Roy Midwinter. The forms of the series were a departure from the flowing organic shapes of the 1950s and featured straight sided, cylindrical, stackable forms.  The clay body chosen for the series was also a stronger and whiter clay from previous productions.

Jessie Tait designed a huge number of patterns for this shape – and Sienna became one of the most popular, continuing in production until 1978.

Sienna is a transfer print in fine stripes of subtle khaki green and orange, overlaid with black lines.

Having a look at the images below it is easy to see why this design was so popular in its time, and continues to be popular on the secondary market to this day.

 

Midwinter Sienna Cup & Saucer

Midwinter Sienna Cup & Saucer

Midwinter Sienna Coffee Pot

Midwinter Sienna Coffee Pot

Midwinter Sienna Coffee Pot

Midwinter Sienna Coffee Pot – Lid Detail

Midwinter Sienna Teapot

Midwinter Sienna Teapot

Midwinter Sienna Sauce Jug

Midwinter Sienna Sauce Jug

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