Delightfully decorated Arts & Crafts “Morris Ware” bowl by George Cartlidge for S Hancock & Sons c1920. Wide footed bowl with angular sides. Beautifully coloured tudelined floral design on a blue ground. Mottled blue over cream internally to the bowl. Printed factory mark for S Hancock & Sons to base, together with “Geo Cartlidge” (for George Cartlidge) and design number C19-13. The bowl measures 29 cm in diameter and 6.5 cm in height.

 

George Cartlidge (1868-1961) was a talented designer and ceramicist – known for developing and adopting new styles and techniques. He apprenticed at the Sherwin & Cotton Tile Works, Hanley where he became one of their most prolific and successful designers. Around 1912 George was employed by S Hancock & Sons where he worked on designs for the company’s “Morris Ware” range produced from c1916 to the mid-1920s. Strongly reminiscent of William Morris’ Arts & Crafts designs popular during the late 19th and early 20th century – one can only assume that the name “Morris War