Antiques Column: Fairytale of delightful tableware...with Michael Dowse
Because of the name’s similarity to the Brothers Grimm, Grimwades Ltd. always makes me think of children’s fairytales, but it is in fact the trade name for Royal Winton, which was based at the Winton Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent and was established in 1885.
The company manufactured a diverse range of tableware and decorative designs in moulded earthenware, including lamp bases, candlesticks and dressing table sets.
However it was their Chintzware range of the 1930's that caught the imagination of the collector and that is what Royal Winton is renowned for today.
The pretty, affordable tableware was decorated with all-over floral patterns and produced in large quantities. Chintzware is desirable worldwide with breakfast sets and stacking tea sets being particularly popular with collectors.
There were a multitude of different designs within the Chintzware range, but "Hazel", "Julia" and "Sweet Pea" are among the most collectable with teapots, biscuit barrels and hot water jugs being popular shapes.
Restoration is unacceptable in Chintzware so it is vital to check for damage, cracks and fading as this significantly affects the price. The base of Royal Winton features an impressed mark (for shape), the company mark and a transfer printed mark of the pattern.
The "Sweet Pea" pattern, introduced in 1936, is highly sought after today. It was designed with a pale yellow or chrome tallow ground and a gold or deep blue trim enclosing pink and blue flowers.
The flowers are particularly prone to fading and can appear greyish in colour.
Always remember that the value of Chintzware lies in the crisp, clear pattern, the irregular shapes and most importantly the condition.