What's for sale?
This is a rectangular dish from Maling, the famous English pottery based in Newcastle upon Tyne, which is in the north east of England.
It's decorated with their Clematis pattern, in their "Still Blue" colourway (pattern 6502). It combines a floral transfer with hand-painted leaves and petals and swirling, blue waves.
As part of their lustre ware range, it has their iridescent, metallic over-glaze, which reflects the light with a sheen similar to mother of pearl. Metal oxides in the glaze produce the effect after going through a second, lower-temperature firing in a special kiln.
Clematis was also available in Victoria Green (6500) and Rose pink (6501). This wave pattern, sometimes referred to as "thumbprint", was frequently used in Maling's designs. It was a difficult pattern to produce, requiring good technique with the paint brush.
It was in Maling's later years, under the direction of Lucien Boullemier, that they produced their successful range of lustre wares and also introduced the wave pattern. As well as being a well-regarded ceramicist, Lucien was a professional footballer in the English First and Second divisions. His later career in ceramics followed that of his father, Antonin Boullemier.
Who made it and when?
It was made by Maling of Newcastle upon Tyne, in the north east of England. On the base is pattern number 6502, for Clematis Still Blue, which was first used in the 1930s. The Maling trade mark on the base was in use from the 1920s until their closure in 1963. It reads:
- 6502 (the pattern number)
- newcastle upon tyne
- made in england
What condition is it in?
- In very good condition
- No chips or cracks
What are the measurements?
- 5cm high
- 30cm long
- 19cm wide
- 682 grams
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