Welcome to our first monthly Feature Page also known as our monthly Blog –
I thought I would start off this new venture with a pattern that is rare and also quite common.
Interested ? then read on
The pattern I have chosen to start our new venture is Corean by Podmore Walker
The common pattern or let’s say more often seen pattern is Corean in Mulberry
The rarer find is Corean in Flow Blue.
When reading Petra Williams book “Flow Blue China an Aid to Identification” On the Corean pattern She says “It has proved impossible to locate one in blue. HOWEVER, Freeman Lists this as a blue pattern”
For a long time, we had only ever come across Corean in Mulberry.
Several years ago, now I came across 3 flow blue plates so dark in their pattern it was hard to distinguish I placed one on eBay and low and behold I quickly got an email from George Wells very excited asking if I knew what I had??
He explained that the pattern was Corean by Podmore Walker and that this was the first he had ever seen in Flow Blue. George bought the plate and I was happy for him to do so as he had identified it, and had he not shared his knowledge then I may never have identified them. That year I placed one of the 2 I had left into the Convention Auction and needless to say there was heavy bidding. The plate found a new owner and George, feeling for the underbidder, asked if I would mind him selling his one on to her. I had no problem with that and was pleased that the buyer was ecstatic to own it.
So now 2 plates have a new home and I still have one left in my own collection.
You just never know what will turn up.
A little history on Podmore Walker & Co. from the Potteries.org website
Thomas Podmore c.1830-34
Podmore, Walker & Co c.1834-56
Podmore, Walker, Wedgwood & Co c.1856-59
Thomas Podmore started in business c.1830 as Thomas Podmore & Co at the Upper Pot works by 1834 he was joined by Thomas Walker and in 1835 they moved their works to Well Street, Tunstall.
Podmore, Walker & Co. took over the Unicorn Pottery and Pinnox Works in Tunstall and also used the Swan Bank Pottery.
The initials P. W. & Co. appear on several printed marks.
Enoch Wedgwood had also been a partner in the original firm from about 1834 (he was the ‘& Co’) – he became a more senior partner and in 1856 the business was renamed Podmore, Walker, Wedgwood & Co. – during the period circa 1856 to 1859 the initials P. W. & W. may occur on the mark.
After 1856 the mark WEDGWOOD was also used – it was found advantageous to use the name ‘Wedgwood’ alone (because it gave the impression of association with the famous Josiah Wedgwood, even though Enoch Wedgwood had no association with the Josiah Wedgwood & Co business.
In 1859 the firm became Wedgwood & Co. when Enoch Wedgwood succeeded the older partnership.
They used the trade name “PEARL STONE WARE”
Some of the other patterns by this potter:
Asiatic Pheasants Manilla British American Series
Pearl Spartan Temple
California Eagle Venus
Florentine Ivanhoe Washington Vase
Minerva Willow Wild Rose (Nuneham Courtney)
I hope you have enjoyed our first attempt, if so, we would love your feedback and if you have any stories you would like to share, I will happily include them.