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 The Carlton Ware Pattern formerly known as Bird of Paradise
The Carlton Ware Pattern formerly known as Bird of Paradise
 

I have had an e-mail from Ian & Jerome in Canada saying that they believe the Carlton Ware pattern Bird of Parradise is incorrectly named. For the the gist of Ian & Jerome’s augment hit the More tab...

 

“PARADISE BIRD & TREE and it's extended pattern PARADISE BIRD & TREE with CLOUD are factory names. CHINESE BIRD and it's extended pattern CHINESE BIRD & CLOUD are also factory names. So there is nothing we can do about those. They are Enoch Boulton patterns.

Carlton Ware Chinese Bird
Carlton Ware Chinese Bird - pattern 3196
 

Now, he was an imaginative designer but not too imaginative when it came to naming patterns; unless, of course, it was higher ups in the factory that got to name patterns.

Carlton Ware Chinese Bird & Tree
Carlton Ware Pattern Formerly Known as Paradise Bird - NOW Chinese Bird & Cloud
 

 

Bird of Paradise is not a factory name - it is a name that has been affixed to this motif in recent times. It is NOT CORRECT. In fact we feel it causes confusion with the “PARADISE BIRD” patterns.

 

Carlton Ware Chinese Bird & Cloud
Note how in all these examples the Chinese Bird is almost the same

Take a look at the bird on 4117 and 4118 in your pattern files. Then compare the bird to the bird on 3196 (CHINESE BIRD) and 3274 (CHINESE BIRD & CLOUD). IT IS THE SAME BIRD! Pattern number 4117 and 4118 are just simpler versions of an earlier pattern, just as the factory did with some other patterns."

 

Carlton Ware Paradise Bird & Tree - pattern 3144
Carlton Ware Paradise Bird & Tree - pattern 3144

After looking at these birds I have to say that I agree with Ian and Jerome. So what should this pattern be called? There is no doubt in my mind that it is a later variation of the Chinese Bird pattern.

 

Carlton Ware Paradise Bird & Tree - pattern 3252
Carlton Ware Paradise Bird & Tree - pattern 3252

If we examine the pattern we find that the bird is very similar to Chinese Bird, but there are extra elements in the pattern that do not appear in Chinese Bird or Chinese Bird & Cloud. These elements are the tree and two floral devises.

 

Carlton Ware Chinese Bird & Tree
Tree from vase marked pattern number 4118
 

The tree and the two floral devises are very similar, if not identical, to the ones which are used in the Sketching Bird pattern which first introduced in 1934 and was in production in various colour-ways right up until the early 1960’s. Sketching Bird has been attributed to Violet Elmer.  

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Floral devise from vase pattern 4118
 

 

The same tree and similar floral devises are employed in the Humming Bird & Tree patterns (3884 red luster ground & 3952 navy blue luster ground), another pattern that dates to the Violet Elmer era.

 

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Floral devise from vase pattern 4118

One could draw the conclusion that the Chinese Bird itself is an Enoch Boulton creation, where the tree and the floral devises are a Violet Elmer creation.  While this in itself is interesting, it does not really help up with a name for the pattern.

Carlton Ware Humming Bird & Tree Cigarette Box
Carlton Ware Humming Bird & Tree Cigarette Box - Pattern 3952

So from this time forward I suggest that the pattern formerly known as Bird of Paradise now should be known as Chinese Bird & Tree. The pattern numbers set against this pattern name are 4117 red lustre ground - 4118 mottled navy lustre ground - 4234 two tone black & orange lustre ground - 4239 steel blue lustre ground.

Carlton Ware Sketching Bird Tray
Carlton Ware Sketching Bird Pattern 3952

 

 

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+5 #1 Chinese Bird & TreeIan 2010-07-22 01:10
We agree that this later version of the pattern should be known as Chinese Bird & Tree; this would put it on the same footing as the earlier Hummingbird pattern and the later Hummingbird & Tree pattern.

Some Sketching Bird pattern numbers pre-date any of the pattern numbers for Chinese Bird & Tree or Hummingbird & Tree; so it looks like the factory liked the look of the tree and so used the tree transfer and mixed it up a bit by using other birds on top of it.
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