Tube-Lined Crown Ducal by Charlotte Rhead

5391 - Persian Leaf
Tube-lining: Danube blue
Enamels: Baines pink, Baines purple, Goods blue, Harrisons orange & Cairo green
Glaze: Greystone
Frequency Ranking: 23/50
Design Date: 1937
Production Period: 1937 - 1942
Pattern Name: The name Persian Leaf is used by Bernard Bumpus but the origin is unknown.

Pattern 5391 Persian Leaf
Persian Leaf was a popular pattern that has the greystone glaze, the high gloss mottled glaze used successfully for Patch, (4015), Blue Peony, (4016), and Persian Rose, 4040). The same design will be reworked in earth colour lustres and enamels to become the Tarragona pattern, (5623), later in the following year.

Collectors are likely to come across examples with a variety of backstamp styles as the production period straddles the time when Crown Ducal stopped using the AGR2 style and used a variety of other stamps and transfers until the beginning of the wartime restirictions on decorated pottery in 1942.

Another observation about this design is that Charlotte clearly preferred it for creating variations. Apart from Tarragona, which which has its own number of 5623, there are three other notable versions.

Pattern 5391 Persian Leaf
There are two variations with greystone glaze, one has Cairo green bands instead of blue. The other has no enamelled bands but the leaves are coloured like Tarragona in orange and yellow. Another has the blown off blue glaze as used for Kashmere, 4794. These three variations are numbered 5391 on the reverse.

Pattern 5391 Persian Leaf
A fourth variation is a strange curiosity that mixes the Persian Leaf border, with a matrix of gold dots, over "glaze 78", a purple and green effect used for the famous Iris charger as seen in the Potteries Ladies TV film. The design also has "stitched" edging . A couple of examples have been seen on shapes 146 and 211, both were signed and interestingly have the “.S.” tube-lined mark possibly signifying them for special decorative treatment. You can see an example on George Conners website.
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