Mr Daniel and Mr Yates
One grey afternoon, Mr Daniel put on his fine rain gear, picked up his walking stick and made his way to the residence of Mr Yates, where they took tea together and smoked some fine cigars...
It sounds so very Jane Austen... but no, I don't think they ever did. Yet they could have, as there is teaware from both factories with the exact same pattern.
Shown here are a trio and a plate made by Henry Daniel (the H&R Daniel factory) in 1825, with pattern no. 3836, a beautiful pattern of trailing gilt anthemions and generous flower posies. I also have a trio and a teacup made by the Yates factory with the exact same pattern, here with the number 401.
I've had several of the latter ones and to make things more complicated, these Yates ones were sold to me as Coalport. But the shape, the pattern number and the rather soft type of porcelain quickly made it clear to me that this was not Coalport, but Yates. Some call this shape the Etruscan shape, others call it the "No 7" shape. That's because the ancient Etruscans had vessels with this shape and type of handle, and the handle also looks like a "7".
Now Henry Daniel made this pattern too, and he put it on a beautifully potted Etruscan shape with the number 3863, and then later on a gadrooned shape with the number 4160 - I have some of these in my personal collection and might yet let go of a trio or two later on.
Did I confuse you enough? How come these patterns were used by various factories? It is a mystery to us today. Of course they often imitated each other. But perhaps this pattern travelled around with one of the painters as he or she moved between factories. We'll never know.
For now, you have the choice: the Daniel items are more pricey because - well, Daniel pieces are, because of their extremely high quality. The Yates pieces have some flaws and are more affordable. You can find them in my shop here.
Where to find things
You can you can find all my cups and saucers here, and you can find all my available items here. If you want to stay up to date with new additions, find me on Instagram, where I put up pictures with a story several times a week.
Happy weekend! 🌸🌹🌺
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