Broad Street Works
Hicks bone china dessert wares

It was never intended to be within my remit to cover Hicks & Meigh bone china wares. Over time, however, more by accident than design, I obtained some of the pieces below, which appear to be of these wares. Others have allowed their contributions to be added, and I offer them accordingly, with my reasons, and I am happy to receive counter-arguments and observations from those whose expertise in this area is greater than mine.

Margaret Ironside has pointed out that the early Hicks bone china body is very prone to staining. Certainly several pieces on this page (especially 46, 157, and 170) are stained to a greater or lesser degree.

 

Hicks & Meigh

First Series

Pattern 46

Pattern 435

Pattern 759

Hicks, Meigh & Johnson

Second Series

Pattern 144

Pattern 157

Pattern 170

Pattern 1130

Pattern 1144

Pattern 1208

Pattern 1233

Pattern 1259

 

 

First Series

 

Pattern 46 dessert

For tea wares with the same pattern click here.

Margaret Ironside suggested that this pattern, which has mouldings similar to Clews earthenwares but less crisp, belongs to Hicks & Meigh in an article entitled 'Hicks, Meigh & Johnson Porcelains (1813-1835)', NCS Newsletter 100 (December 1995), pp. 29-32. The pattern number is in rose.

The dessert plate is 223mm in diameter. Bone china.

Pattern 46 dessert plate front

Pattern 46 dessert plate back

Pattern 66 dessert plate pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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Pattern 435

This piece comes from the same shape set as the Pattern 46 plate above. The base of a similar centrepiece of Pattern 642 is illustrated by Margaret Ironside in her Morley College Ceramic Circle pamphlet.2

The dessert centrepiece is 10.5 inches long, 7.5 inches wide, and 3.5 inches tall. Bone china.

Pattern 435 centrepiece top

Pattern 435 centrepiece top detail 1

Pattern 435 centrepiece top detail 2

Pattern 435 centrepiece side

Pattern 435 centrepiece side detail

Pattern 435 centrepiece base

Pattern 435 centrepiece pattern number

Photos © Lorna Marchi 2020

 

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Pattern 759

Margaret Ironside illustrated a sugar box and a belled London shape cup & saucer in this pattern, and mentioned that it had also been seen on a plate, possibly from a dessert service.2

The dessert plate is 240mm in diameter.

Pattern 759 dessert plate front

Pattern 759 dessert plate back

Pattern 759 dessert plate pattern number

Photos © Willa Latham ~ Gentle Rattle of China 2020

 

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Second Series

 

Pattern 144

This was also spotted posted on the 'British Pottery and Porcelain Discussion Group' Facebook page (see 1259 below). The shape and style of printing is very similar to 157 below.

The dessert plate is 23cm in diameter. Bone china.

Pattern 144 dessert plate front

Pattern 144 dessert plate back

Pattern 144 dessert plate pattern number

Photos © Michail Kerameus - Greece 2019

 

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Pattern 157

The plate rim copies the Hicks silver shape, but the foot rim is more like Pattern 46 above. The print and painting style have strong similarities both to Pattern 71 in stoneware, and to Pattern 170 below. The tally mark on Patterns 157 and 170 appears identical. The pattern number and tally mark are in iron-red.

The dessert plate is 238mm in diameter. Bone china.

Pattern 157 dessert plate front

Pattern 157 dessert plate back

Pattern 157 dessert plate pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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Pattern 170

This piece is of the Hicks 'Priory' shape, which is quite distinctive and unmistakable. The print and painting style have strong similarities both to Pattern 71 in stoneware, and to Pattern 157 above. The apparent cream on edge and handles is not the original colour, but is due to staining. The tally mark on Patterns 157 and 170 appears identical. The pattern number and tally mark are in rose.

The round dessert dish is 256mm long and 232mm wide. Bone china.

Pattern 170 round dessert dish front

Pattern 170 round dessert dish back

Pattern 170 round dessert dish pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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Pattern 1130

This pattern is listed and illustrated by Berthoud & Maskell.1

The dessert plate. Bone china.

Pattern 1130 dessert plate front

Pattern 1130 dessert plate back

Pattern 1130 dessert plate marks

Photos © Patrick Doherty 2020

 

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Pattern 1144

This pattern is not listed by Berthoud & Maskell, but it is clearly the same shape as 1130 above and the pattern number fits the series.

The dessert plate. Bone china.

Pattern 1144 dessert plate front

Pattern 1144 dessert plate front 2

Pattern 1144 dessert plate back

Pattern 1144 dessert plate pattern number

Photos © Simon Willcock Antiques 2021

 

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Pattern 1208

Berthoud & Maskell do not list a second series 1208 example, but it is clearly Hicks beaded edge shape.

The square dessert dish. Bone china.

Pattern 1208 square dessert dish front

Pattern 1208 square dessert dish front detail

Pattern 1208 square dessert dish back

Pattern 1208 square dessert dish pattern number

Photos © Sara Fisher 2021

 

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Pattern 1233

This pattern is listed and illustrated by Berthoud & Maskell.1

The dessert plate is 240mm in diameter. Bone china.

Pattern 1233 dessert plate front

Pattern 1233 dessert plate front detail 1

Pattern 1233 dessert plate front detail 2

Pattern 1233 dessert plate back

Pattern 1233 dessert plate pattern number

Photos © Buckinghamshire Antiques 2021

 

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Pattern 1259

This piece was posted on the 'British Pottery and Porcelain Discussion Group' Facebook page as of unknown origin. I spotted immediately the fact that it was on Hicks 'Priory' shape, and the owner kindly allowed me to post it here. The centre painting is of remarkable quality, and shows what the Broad Street Works was capable of at its best.

The dessert plate is 9.25 inches in diameter. Bone china.

Pattern 1259 dessert plate front

Pattern 1259 dessert plate back

Pattern 1259 dessert plate pattern number

Photos © Len Kling 2018

 

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Notes.

1. Michael Berthoud & Richard Maskell, 'Patterns of Hicks, Meigh & Johnson', Ceramic Bulletin 19 (2007).

2. Margaret Ironside, 'Hicks & Meigh Porcelain of the 1813-1822 Period: Dessert Wares and Tea Wares', Morley College Ceramic Circle Bulletin 3rd Series, No. 1 (June 1998).

3. Leonard G. King, 'Ridgway, Wear and Morley at the Broad Street Works', NCS Journal 4 (1980-81), 219-236, 222.

4. Ian Harvey, Rathbone, China and Earthenware Manufacturers, Tunstall, Staffordshire 1808-1843 - A history and illustrated record of the china. 2 ed. (2018).

5. Margaret Ironside, 'The Pseudo-Chinese Seal Marks', NCS Newsletter 89 (March 1993), 25-29, 27, fig.20.

 

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