Carlton Ware's Handcraft Range Of Patterns
The Carlton Ware Handcraft range of patterns were in production from circa 1928 until the second half of the 1930s; these were the halcyon days of the Art Deco era, I would almost go so far as to call the Handcraft patterns High Deco. The Handcraft motifs are highly stylized and hand painted. Most have a matt finish, but not all, there are nine Handcraft patterns with a gloss finish.
Handcraft patterns do not always have a Handcraft maker's mark and sometimes non Handcraft patterns have a Handcraft maker's mark. I have consulted with a select panel of collectors and curators and we have taken the liberty of deciding which are Carlton Ware patterns and which are Handcraft patterns. This is open for debate and we would encourage and are open to discuss out decisions further. The panel has to this date identified 100 patterns and colour-way variations; I now have 94 patterns pictured on the Nicholnack Handcraft pages.
Handcraft patterns that I know to which I have been able to acquire a photo of are:-
Mondrian - pattern number 3570 - only known by a hand fill of examples.
Rain Forest is only known by one example. Other pattern we do not have examples of are:-
Pomona 3324 on a matt blue ground
Lazy Daisy a matt red ground
Chevron 3671 on a burnt orange ground
Can anybody help us with photos of these patterns?And does anyone know of any patterns or colour-ways that we have missed?
At this point I must thank the collectors who have allowed me access to their collections and their knowledge. In particular I must thank the curators of the "Dulcie Agnes Joyce Memorial Collection" and "The Parnell Collection"; without the generous help of these two people these pages would only be a shadow of what they are today. Items from these 2 fantastic collections are watermarked as such.