Tuesday, July 30, 2013

FRUIT AND FLOWERS

I always think of the end of July as the apex of summer.  All of the fruit, flowers and vegetables are at their biggest and juiciest.  Some of my favorite transferware patterns that express this fullness were made by Stubbs & Kent, Joseph Stubbs, and Davenport in patterns known today as  Fruit and Flowers.  Sometimes the ampersand is used in the title (Fruit & Flowers).  The fruit and flowers vary on each size.  The Pattern and Source Print Database of the Transferware Collectors Club shows six patterns by Stubbs & Kent (1822-1830), two patterns by Joseph Stubbs (1822-1834), and 9 patterns by Davenport (1794-1887).  The Davenport patterns are circa 1825.

Stubbs & Kent Fruit and Flowers 19 inch by 15 inch platter

Davenport Fruit and Flowers 18.5 inch by 14.75 inch platter

Wall of Davenport Fruit and Flowers/Notice how each size has a different selection of fruit in the center
Although the Stubbs and Davenport patterns are similar, have you noticed the differences?  The Stubbs and Stubbs & Kent pattern are the same (except for the variations in the center from size to size).

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