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W&R Carlton Ware  Chinese Tea Garden Pattern

Chinese Tea garden is a very interesting pattern. It has only the one pattern number issued against it (2936). I have identified three individual scenes associated with the pattern, one depicts a Pagoda, another a Temple and the third is a group of Chinese characters taking part in some sort of tea ceremony, all these scenes shriek Chinoiserie.

The three scenes of Chinese Tea Garden are all incorporated into the Chinaland pattern. Chinaland has much more detail; in Chinese Tea Garden the  different scenes are set against a mottled blue lustre ground; in Chinaland they are set against a fantastic landscape of snow capped mountains and lakes. Of course Chinaland is painted under glaze where Chinese Tea Garden is over glaze, but basically they are the same pattern.  

As the pattern number attributed to Chinese Tea Garden (2936) is 12 earlier than the earliest number attributed to Chinaland (2948). One must conclude that Chinese Tea Garden is the first pattern.  Perhaps Chinese Tea garden was conceived and then some bright spark came up with the idea of setting these scenes on a more elaborate back ground and Chinaland was born, I doubt if we will ever really know. 

W&R Carlton Ware  Chinese Tea Garden Pattern 2936 

W&R Carlton Ware Chinese Tea Garden Vase (shape 172) - pattern 2936

mottled blue lustre ground - production era 1925 - 1927

 

W&R Carlton Ware  Chinese Tea Garden Pattern 2936 

W&R Carlton Ware Chinese Tea Garden Jar & Cover (shape 244) - pattern 2936

mottled blue lustre ground - production era 1925 - 1927

Image courtesy of "The Lexi James Collection"

 
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