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The Poonah Pattern





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Poonah painting was a style popular in the 19th century in which "thick opaque color is applied without background and with scarcely any shading, to thin paper, producing flowers, birds, etc in imitation of Oriental work" (Websters dictionary, 1913). 

Minton first introduced the POONAH pattern in the mid 19th Century, it proved to be popular and was rapidly copied by other manufacturers.

Minton reissued the pattern from around 1900, extending into the 50s. Originally Poonah ware had three firings in all, with the thick, top-decorated enamels being applied by hand, just before the third and final firing.

The original Poonah design incorporates a vase containing flowers.

Other manufacturers produced patterns called POONAH which were not the same as the original but contained certain elements of the design. 








variations on the POONAH pattern - all by Minton

M & Co
New Stone

M & Co (Minton & Company) mark used c.1841-73

BB 'Best Body' 

Minton & Co


jug in the POONAH pattern - by Mintons


mark on the jug 
the pattern name does not appear

this globe style mark used c.1912-50 




Poonah pattern by Alfred Bullock & Co

A B & Co

the registration number 88386 dates to 1887  


Poonah pattern by G F Bowers

G F B & Co


same style mark as the Minton & Co 



Poonah pattern by cup & saucer G F Bowers

G F B & Co




Poonah pattern foot bath by Charles Meigh






Poonah pattern plate by Bates, Walker & Co and 
continued by their sucessors Bates, Gildea & Walker 

B W & Co 
Bates, Walker & Co


the registration diamond gives a date of 5th Sept 1876 for the registration of the pattern

B G & W
Bates, Gildea & Walker 




covered tureen in blue transferware pattern
a simplified Poonah pattern by Bishop & Stonier 





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