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  • Place of origin:

    Stoke-on-Trent (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840-1846 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink, pencil and watercolour

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 503, case C, shelf 120, box D

This sheet shows designs for ceramics in pen and ink and watercolour annotated with reference numbers. It was produced by a designer at H & R Daniel, a Stoke-on-Trent ceramics factory that was in business between 1822 and 1846. The designer produced numerous sheets of variant designs and these were bound together in a pattern book.

Pattern books were kept in factories for staff to consult, including directors looking for new and attractive designs to put into production, and the painters employed to decorate the ceramics. Today, pattern books are of interest to designers, students and collectors, for the important role they play in identifying unmarked ceramics and for the fascinating variety of patterns they contain, most of which never made it into production.

At some stage in its history, the Daniel factory pattern book was broken up and the sheets became separated. However, 12 sheets did stay together and these were acquired by the V&A in 2004. This particular sheet is thought to date from about 1840—46.

Physical description

Design drawings in pen and ink, pencil and watercolour, with pattern numbers. The front shows one teacup and one plate and suggested decoration. The teacup is gilt and blue and the plate is decorated with two birds. The two are numbered 8690 and 8692. Annotations compare these with pattern numbers 8689 and 8610 (not shown). The reverse of the sheet is blank except for notes about other pattern numbers (not shown). An impression of the following page (E.3849-2004) is also clearly visible.

Place of Origin

Stoke-on-Trent (made)


ca. 1840-1846 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, pencil and watercolour


Height: 31.5 cm, Width: 26 cm

Object history note

Part of a complete pattern book sold at Sothebys Chester (as Davenport) in 1990. Purchased by an Ameriocan interior decorator who broke the book up.

Descriptive line

Design drawing for teacups and plates by the Daniel Factory, Stoke on Trent, about 1840-46.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Young, Hilary. Daniel pattern book drawings acquired by the V&A. Northern Ceramic Society Newsletter. June 2005, no.18. pp.19-25.
M. Berthoud, Daniel Ornamental Wares, privately published, 2002

Subjects depicted

Decoration; Plates (dishes); Birds; Saucers


Designs; Drawings; Ceramics; Drinking


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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