Oriental Blue


Historical Information

Type: Ornithological Bird Blue and White wares

Fabric: Earthenware

Date: 1815-20

Find Location: Thames, Essex, UK

Extra information:

This sherd is part of an Ornithological Bird, Transferware Pattern. This pattern is similar if not identical to a Minton Pattern featuring a Chinese influence.

Blue & white ceramics have been produced in China for many years. These pieces were originally imported into England. In the early 19th century, the style inspired a production movement in England. Influential artists like

James McNeill Whistler collected these ceramics. The growing middle class also collected the patterns to demonstrate their cultural tastes, & the colour of the Blue & White China was a welcome addition to the typically dark Victorian interior.