Wood & Sons

Before Wood & Sons introduced the ‘Bursley Ware’ items in 1919, their Rhead designed output tended to feature pattern names alongside a stylised version of the decoration in miniature, along with the Wood & Sons logo, as shown on the right. Some of these designs continued to be Woods & Sons Korea Backstampproduced after the Bursley Ware mark was introduced and examples can be found of items with the same backstamp design, except with ‘Bursley Ware’ instead of ‘Wood & Sons’.

The patterns that Charlotte Rhead designed during her time at Wood & Sons never featured her name on the reverse, (as they did with her subsequent work elsewhere), so any that you find with her name on are likely to be counterfeit! Frederick Rhead’s name did appear occasionally.

The patterns listed below of printed ornamental ware are thought most likely to have been Frederick Rhead designs, unless stated:

  • Brocade – Blue flowers with larger peony flowers & seed heads.
  • Caliph – Blue peonies with interconnecting stems.
  • Chung – Large stylised flowers in a blue & white Chinese design. NB. A version with a red ground was also produced.
  • Formosa – Flying bird amongst pink & orange flowers.
  • Kang-Hi – Chinese landscape with a background of houses on stilts.
  • Korea – An exotic bird with a scaly body, along with a smaller bird and foliage.
  • Kylin – Blue Dragon amongst Chinese stylised scrolls.
  • Kyoto – Coloured flower heads with blue & gold foliage.
  • Mikado – Two herons in water lillies, with a border of small birds and plum blossom. Blue & White and colour versions exist.
  • Ming – A Chinese junk on water.
  • Oriental Birds – Exotic Birds with an Oriental landscape.
  • Prunus – Prunus flowers on a blue ground.
  • Shan Tung – Chinese landscape, with houses and a junk.
  • Sheraton – Pink & orange peonies on a dark blue ground.
  • Arras – Pomegranates, with pink flowers & green leaves. NB. Designed by Charlotte Rhead, and later produced with Bursley Ware mark.
  • Onion Ware – A range of printed ware, with assorted foliage.

The following patterns were tube-lined and can all be attributed to Frederick Rhead:

  • Check – A chequered pattern with small peonies to the top section.
  • Elers – Pairs of stylised leaves, in bands, with three pendants hanging from stems. Look out for early versions marked F.A. Rhead.
  • Mercian Guild – Stylised roses with tube-lined dots.
  • Trellis – Trellis pattern with stylised roses.

 The following patterns were also tube-lined, but were designed by Charlotte Rhead:

  • Persian – Stylised spiky leaves in blue & green on a white ground, with a dark blue base.
  • Rhodian – Red flowers with spiky leaves and yellow centres.
  • Seed Poppy – Open red poppy flowers with blue seeds.