The “Chintz China” exhibit now on display in our Replacements, Ltd. museum and showroom is so extraordinary we thought we’d give you another sampling from it in this newsletter. Royal Winton Pekin-Black (Gold Trim) and Rose Brocade-Cranberry (Iridescent) are patterns that will probably broaden your understanding of chintz designs. Be sure to visit our museum to enjoy a fantastic array of patterns and shapes!
Muriel Miller comments in her book, “Collecting Royal Winton Chintz,” “When referring to chintz ware, it is generally the tightly packed floral designs that is meant by the term. However, it can sometimes be difficult to draw a distinct line between chintz, sheet transfer patterns and all-over designs.” In her book, Miller includes “for ease of reference” all patterns in these three categories.
Pekin-Black (Gold Trim) is a lovely example of how the distinctions on chintz attributes can blur. The Pekin-Black (Gold Trim) design was applied by hand using the sheet transfer pattern method and the design completely covers the piece (as is typical of chintz floral patterns), yet the design is most reminiscent of Chinese landscape painting. Introduced in the 1950s, the pattern was quite successful. It was produced with black (seen here), burgundy, dark green, and ivory backgrounds. Gold trim was applied by hand. Royal Winton produced many different shapes, or lines, of china. Pekin patterns, with various backgounds, were released in the Ascot and Countess shapes, and perhaps others.
Less is known about the Rose Brocade-Cranberry (Iridescent) pattern – you’ll note the iridescent feature of the glaze in the pieces photographed here, a pitcher and candy dish. The white rose designs were reproduced against “brocade” backgrounds of cranberry (deep pink), green, and blue. Close inspection of the pieces suggests that the transfer may have been reproduced on cheesecloth and applied in the same manner as paper transfers, but our research has been unable to confirm the use of cheesecloth in production. The Rose Brocade pattern was released in Royal Winton’s Rosebud shapes – collectors sometimes refer to the pattern as “Rosebud.” The pitcher and candy dish in our collection reflect strong mid-century Modern, or Art Deco design influences.
To appreciate fully the wide variety available in chintz patterns, you really must visit our museum exhibit at Replacements, Ltd. Our curators, inventory specialists, and showroom staff have done a terrific job! Scores of chintz patterns are on display from a variety of manufacturers, along with historical information about how chintz china was introduced into the market, crafted, and distributed. The chintz exhibit will remain on display through the end of the holiday season, so be sure to stop by for a visit – museum exhibits are free and open to the public.
Replacements, Ltd. stocks chintz patterns from a number of manufacturers, including Royal Winton, Royal Doulton, Johnson Brothers, and more. Our showroom and museum are open from 9:00am to 7:00pm ET, 7 days a week (except holidays); free tours are available from 10:00am - 6:00pm, ET, 7 days a week. The showroom and museum are conveniently located between Greensboro and Burlington, NC, at exit 132 off Interstate 85/40. We look forward to seeing you!