J. & G. Meakin Pottery and Porcelain
J. & G. Meakin was an English pottery manufacturing company founded in 1851. Based in Staffordshire, where much of England's most popular and well-known pottery was produced, it exported a lot of its wares to New Zealand, Australia, Canada and America. Eventually purchased by the Wedgwood brand, it enjoyed great popularity until the company's closure, and has now become a collector's brand.
J. & G. Meakin Tea Sets
In recent years, vintage tea sets have enjoyed a resurgence, and traditional English pottery and porcelain brands are now a common sight at weddings and special events. High tea has once again become a popular activity, and Meakin's delicate porcelain teacups and floral patterns make the perfect feminine addition to a table with cakes and scones.
J. & G. Meakin Pottery and Porcelain Designs
Although the company produced a lot of designs, certain patterns were more well-known and covetable. A full and intact tea set or dinner set is hard to come by and can command a great resale price. The blue and white willow ware designs are a classic English favourite, and many collectors specialise solely in the distinctive pattern. Other designs from the late 19th century and early 20th century featured intricate floral detailing and idyllic pastoral scenes of English country life. Teacup and saucer sets can be so delicate that they're almost transparent and trimmed in the tiniest pastel blooms and gold details. More recent designs in the 1950s and onward took on stronger patterns and more geometric florals, reflecting the style of the day.
J. & G. Meakin Porcelain Manufacturing and Quality
The J. & G. Meakin brand originally made affordable, everyday wares for homes and hotels. Raw materials came from the abundance of clay, salt and coalall perfect ingredients for porcelain and pottery. Designed to be attractive, yet functional, the fact that many of the pieces are still in service today says it all. Often, the designs were hand painted onto teacups and plates, and finished in gold trims. Transferware was another way that patterns could be produced onto products quickly and effectively. The quality of the brand was ensured due to the strong history of manufacturing in the area, and the high standard to which the craft was held.