These four plates from the Leach Pottery show the evolution
in decoration from a beautifully decorated willow tree through
to the highly stylised standardware version of the design.
The design on the first plate is very similar
to one in the Milner-White collection at York City Art Gallery
which was purchased by Eric Milner-White in 1951. The elegant
brush strokes suggest that it is probably the work of Bernard
I showed the second plate to David Leach
when I visited him at Lowerdown Pottery back in 2002. David
told me that it was probably his work but that Kenneth Quick
also decorated these plates. I have included an image of
David with the plate below.
On the third plate, the design has been
simplified. It could be the work of a less skillful decorator
or maybe the potter was not given the time to produce a
The final plate is included in the Leach
Pottery standardware catalog from the 1940s onwards. Here
the design is highly stylised. The plate is displayed in
the catalog with the lines horizontal rather than vertical.
So is this final part of the evolution showing the transition
from a Japanese willow tree to Cornish waves off St. Ives?
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