Wiltshaw & Robinsons' Carlton Ware Nankin print
Below is an example of the centre of a Worcester plate printed with what is called the Worcester Willow pattern. Clearly the Carlton Ware Nankin pattern is a copy. This leads me to suggest that Nankin was introduced by Horace Wain shortly after he began to work for W&R c1912. Wain was adept at copying eighteenth century patterns from well-known potteries such as Worcester, Swansea and Lowestoft. Worcester Willow is thought to be a copied from Chinese porcelain imported from Nanking in the eighteenth century. An example of a similar Nanking import is also shown below.
Jump almost three centuries forward for a new take on the Willow-type patterns and we have the pagoda replaced by the Tardis and the birds by Daleks. Another is inspired by computer games, a cross between PAC-MAN and Space Invaders! Willow keeps on running.
© Harvey Pettit 2015