A Charlotte Rhead design for Crown Ducal c1936. The charger features a tube-lined design of a Chinese dragon in green and golden copper, finished in gold and on a green ground. It has a pierced foot rim for wall hanging as a plaque or can be displayed as a charger. Signed in enamel 'C Rhead' with decorator's mark 'H' for Hannah Williams. Printed Crown Ducal mark used 1935 – 1938 and Manchu pattern number 4511. The charger measures 32.5 cm in diameter and 4 cm in height.
Charlotte Rhead was born into a family of artists heavily involved in pottery design and decoration. She studied at the Fenton School of Art in the Potteries, starting work at a pottery in nearby Hanley. Here she developed skills as a tube-line decorator – skills she utilised later in her career as a designer. Charlotte subsequently worked as an enameller and then tile designer before joining her farther at Wood & Sons where he had been appointed as art director. She initially oversaw the tube-liners but later worked as a designer. In 1926 she worked as a designer with Burgess and Leigh of Middleport and in the 1930s joined the firm of AG Richardson in Tunstall. Their brand name was Crown Ducal.
Charlotte Rhead for Crown Ducal Manchu Charger / Wall Plaque c.1936
This charger is in excellent original condition with no enamel losses, damage or restoration. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.