- Pattern: Oriental Gardens
- Made in Japan
- Vintage: 1920’s – 1930’s
- Details: A fantastic find!! This is an absolutely beautiful example of polychrome transferware, it is a dream come true for transferware and vintage ceramic lovers. This pattern is known by some as “Willow Brown Polychrome Transferware”, a variation on the popular Blue Willow. It is hand colored underglaze in translucent pink, green, yellow and blue. Made by Brown & Richie, (we have seen this company spelled as Brown and Ritchie with a “T”, however, the backstamp contains the company name spelled Richie). This dinnerware set includes: (6) Dinner Plates, (6) Bread and Butter Plates, (6) Fruit Dessert Bowls, (6) Cups and (6) Saucers. Each place setting consists of five pieces: 1 Dinner Plate, 1 Bread & Butter Plate, 1 Dessert/Fruit Bowl, 1 Cup and 1 Saucer, and you have 6 place settings. That’s 30 pieces of vintage rare china! You will be hard pressed to find a better price on this dinnerware set that also includes shipping fees. The backstamps vary on each piece, some simply read: “Oriental Gardens, Made in Japan”. Others have: “Genuine Oriental Gardens From Original Copper Engravings, Hand-Colored Under Glaze, Made in Japan for Brown & Richie LTD”. We have acquired many pieces in this pattern: teapot, platter, serving bowl, and condiment tray (salt, pepper, vinegar, oil, etc.). A lovely set, ideal for a Blue Willow lover who’s looking to add a variation to their collection. Displays beautifully! What a great table setting for Chinese New Year!
- Materials: Earthenware
- Condition: Vintage – Used. Very Good Vintage Condition. One Cup has a very small chip on the rim. There is staining on some of the cups and spots on some of the other pieces. There is lots of crazing on all these pieces, acceptable in this type of early 20th century pottery glaze and being this old. PLEASE REVIEW PICTURES BEFORE PURCHASING. ALL SALES FINAL. Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items, they are NOT new. Every effort has been made to show any scratches, wear and imperfections.
- Shipping: Because of the weight of this item, we may ship in separate boxes. Our price already includes shipping fees. If you are in North Florida, (Duval/Clay/St Johns area), we can arrange for local pickup and offer a 20% discount. Please use the “Contact Us” form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, shipping is included, (continental US only), unless otherwise noted. We cannot ship this item internationally. AK, HI will see additional shipping fees.
Not much is written about Brown & Richie Ltd. They were a small pottery located in Staffordshire England that specialized in polychrome transferware. They created several series of historic and Oriental patterns. Staffordshire is a region that was, (and still is), home to many English porcelain makers so when you hear about Staffordshire Potteries, you know it is the industrial area encompassing the six towns, Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall, that now make up the city of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England. The area is well known for “Blue Ware” a porcelain design that originated in Staffordshire.
Polychrome is the process of applying several colors by hand. Making multicolor (polychromatic) transferware was an expensive, time consuming combination of hand painting machined designs. The process was abandoned in the 1930s. Makers continued the popular scenic transfers in the more cost effective single color (monochromatic) process.