Adams Chinese Bird - Blue Tea / Side Plate
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- Micratex Ironstone
- 1977 - 1981
- Pattern Description
Chinese Bird (assigned) aka Bird and Basket c. 1779-1809 was introduced by William Adams in 1780 at his Greengates factory, joining the competition for the chinoiserie market on pearlware. A copy of a Chinese pattern and one of the first of its style produced in English Pottery Wm Adams.
The pattern was revived around 1910 at which time the backstamp included the phrase ‘Registration Applied For.’ Once registered in 1913 the backstamp then carried the registration number #623294. Selling well it remained in production until 1940. The Chinoiserie pattern had a pheasant perched on a basket as a centre cartouche and the pieces were printed in dark blue similar to the original ware but used only the ‘cracked ice’ background never the original basket weave.
Revived for a third time pattern (#7881) by Adams under Wedgwood it featured a dark blue printed white ironstone (Micratex) as a slide transfer print which was in production for five years again only using the ‘cracked ice’ backgro