Manchu is a striking adaptation of the Chinese dragon design. Frederick Rhead, (Charlotte’s father), presented his interpretation on Bursley Ware pattern 411, and Crown Ducal had a transfer tableware pattern with the same motifs in production before Charlotte arrived. The design has probably been copied and adapted by hundreds of ceramic artists over the years but still proved to be a strong seller for Charlotte. It is also interesting to note that this was the only design of Charlotte's with a green glaze that became a strong seller.
The design is quite freeform with the the dragon outline being quite consistent for particular shapes, (facing backward on chargers and forwards on vases), but the additional decoration of the floating cloud scrolls is quite freeform. There is a brown coloured version charger, well documented in the Bumpus books, and from the Bumpus sale at Halls http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1rf0c/ATG1982110319/resources/20.htm
which is believed to be Charlottes's prototype.