Tube-Lined Crown Ducal by Charlotte Rhead

6189 - Mexican
Tube-lining: Brown
Enamels: Dull scarlet, orange, dull black, Handling green, Goods blue, & Baines purple
Lustres: Brown, orange & bronze
Glaze: No. 72
Frequency Ranking: 19/50
Design Date: 1940
Production Period:  Main production 1940 - 1942 but examples made possibly until end of 1940s.
Pattern Name: The name Mexican is explicitly recorded in the pattern book

Pattern 6189 Mexican
The youngest of the easily found patterns designed by Charlotte for Crown Ducal. The design date can be accurately stated as August 1940 because a tableware pattern number 6179 is dated August 1940 and the Pottery Gazette article featuring Mexican was published in the September 1940 issue.

All Mexican examples seen with the AGR5 backstamp are of the type 481 type meaning they are post summer 1942 and are unsigned so this means that production of this design continued or restarted after Charlotte had left. These items account for just under 10% of production,

The glaze used for Mexican is similar in colour to the blown yellow matt used for the Spanish Tree pattern, but there is a distinct difference in the mottling effect between the two. The pattern book names the glaze simply as No. 72, and although this glaze number is recorded in another of the Richardsons pattern books there are no details. Instead, the entries for glazes 66 to 77 are annotated “see Mr Highfields book for descriptions”. Unfortunately no other documents have glaze details so presumably Mr Highfields book has been lost. Also, the name is not mentioned in Gerrard Shaws dissertation or book which includes a lists of known employees up until 1945 but the assumption has to be that Mr Highfield was a co-worker of Charlottes who was responsible in part, at least, for developing or recording the glazes used by the company at this time.
References of the period:
Pottery Gazette and Glass Trades Review, September 1940 page 847

A group of ornamental pottery in an exceptionally attractive new decorative style, produced at the Gordon pottery, the home of the famous “Crown Ducal” ware is shown. The pieces bear a covering of matt glaze of a biscuit tint, above which is applied a broadly drawn floral pattern of the “Persian” type. Filled in courageously with brilliant colours by the tube-lining process. The theme and treatment are by Charlotte Rhead, after whom the series is appropriately named.

The photograph from the Pottery Gazette shows three examples of Mexican. From left to right they are basket shape 2, vase shape 146 a and vase shape 148.
Mexican pattern items
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