Venables & Co
Location and period of operation:
Venables (& Co)
The company specialised in printed and 'flow blue' ware for the American Market.
The partners were: Charles Mellor of Bleakhill, John Venables of Waterloo Road and Thomas Pinder of Furlong Place.
The works were inspected in 1840 by Robert Scriven for his report on child labour in the pottery industry,
the Mellor & Venables weres were recorded as 'class 2'
"the rooms, with very few exceptions; are either low, damp, close, small, dark, hot, dirty, ill ventilated, or unwholesome,
or have all these disadvantages"
The partnership was dissolved in June 1851. John Venables continued for a further 5 years on his own account and with partners.
Subsequently: Venables & Baines
London Gazette - 8 July 1851
notice of the dissolution of the partnership in June 1851
platter in the Whampoa pattern
flow blue dish in the Eastern Flowers pattern
transfer ware dish in the 'Beauties of China' pattern
transfer ware plate in the 'MEDICI' pattern
transfer ware platter in the 'MEDICI' pattern
the pattern is hand coloured
transfer ware plate in the 'NINGPO' pattern
transfer ware plate in the 'British Tambourine' pattern
the plate is hand coloured
transfer ware plate in the 'WINDSOR' pattern
cup and saucer in the 'OLIVE' pattern
Initials and marks used on ware for identification:
M V & Co
MELLOR, VENABLES & Co
M V & Co
'Beauties of China' is the pattern name
M V & Co
'OLIVE' is the pattern name
'MEDICI' is the pattern name
the diamond gives the registration date of 5th July 1847
'NINGPO' is the pattern name
the impressed mark is filled with glaze and difficult to read
REGISTERED Aug 5th 1849
MELLOR VENABLES & Co
WINDSOR' is the pattern name
Registered by Mellor, Venables & Co
No.58069 Feb 9 1849
this mark was on the
'Beauties of China' dish
Mellor, Venables & Co.
sometimes this style of mark is
and is so full of glaze it is very difficult to decipher
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