H & R Daniel
Makers of the finest late Regency Porcelain
DANIEL ORNAMENTAL WARES
Collectors of Daniel ornamental wares have been fortunate because a few of the original design sheets have survived and these are lodged in the V & A Museum. The sheets have been illustrated in the work of those who have produced the literature and as a result these have become the first reference point for some of the designs that have been positively identified as the products of the Daniel factory. However whilst these inclusions have been invaluable, they give only a partial guide to what must have been a wide range of products.
So where do we go from here?. Well we might look at the style of decoration used on the Tableware that we know to be Daniels. For instance we know the work of William Pollard, his wild flowers, tiny strawberries and 'washed out' pallet, seen during the years of his employment by Henry and Richard Daniel, a fact that has been confirmed by existing correspondence between William and his relatives. (Original research was corrected by the descendants of the family).
Unfortunately Pollard's easy to identify style of painting has been discovered on porcelain pieces from several factories because he became itinerant, including Coalport. As a result this accomplished artist cannot be used as a positive identifier unless the date of the potting is known.
Other Daniel decorators and their distinctive features can also lead us astray. One example of this is the gilder who used butterflies or insects superimposed over Mazarine blue ground colour. I once made an assertion that this was a positive identifier but had to withdraw the assertion after finding a beautiful Alcock vase that fitted the style exactly!
This list could go on but sufficient it is to say that attribution by decoration can become dangerous ground.
Shape then becomes a feature which can be more positive, particularly because Daniels porcelain oozes 'shape'. Teaware 'shell shape', where moulded shells become part of the upper rim is distinctive and 'Shrewsbury' items are unique to Daniels where the upper rim is a reliable feature.
The 'C Scroll' shape in moulding (along with the resulting decoration) make attribution a real possibility.
Dedicated Daniel collectors who hunt for examples of ornamental ware have no hesitation when they encounter an example of the shape commonly referred to as 'Mayflower'. This is perhaps sound logic based on the premise that the moulds, because of their intricacy, must have been expensive to copy, as a result the potters who wanted to copy the work of other manufactories would have thought twice before embarking on such an enterprise.
More will be said about this subject at a later date because I have a cabinet full of possible Daniel attributions (or otherwise) . In the meantime "good hunting"
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