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Oriental Birds

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Woods Oriental Birds 
Oriental Birds tableware
Oriental Birds jugs & vases 

This unusual and striking pattern is often credited to FREDERICK RHEAD, art director of Wood & Sons 1912-29, and is mentioned in 'Collecting Rhead Pottery' by Bernard Bumpus (Francis Joseph Pubs, 1999), p. 29.

In fact the design predates Rhead, and seems to be a copy of an early C19th pattern by the RIDGWAY company. The Woods pattern was introduced in 1914 and was in production until around 1924, maybe later.

It is also very similar to MASONS' 'Lovebirds' pattern, although this has different colouring.

In the Woods version, the two birds perched on a tree are handpainted in vivid colours: yellow, green and magenta, over a blue transfer, with a similarly coloured floral border.


Note the distinctive back mark, also designed by Frederick Rhead, featuring a single bird balancing on a wreath encircling the name of the pattern.

ORIENTAL BIRDS tableware is now quite hard to find. The pattern also forms part of Woods' range of 'fancy' wares, including vases and jugs.

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