Crisp, clear patterns are key to ‘Chintzware’s’ diverse appeal

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I think it is fair to say that I have a “rock and roll” lifestyle and spend much of my time living “on the edge”, the envy of my friends and associates.

This weekend was a typical weekend for me and I think illustrates my fast living, fun loving life. On Saturday we held yet another very successful Antiques Auction. On Saturday evening my wife and I had a quiet meal for two. On Sunday morning we went to a plant fair and on Sunday afternoon carefully planted the two exciting specimens we had purchased. By Sunday evening we were so tired we had to go to bed early!

At one point during this hectic weekend I was approached by a middle aged lady and quizzed about Royal Winton Chintzware.

Royal Winton (the trade name of Grimwades Ltd) was based at the Winton Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent (est. 1885). The company manufactured a diverse range of tableware and decorative designs in moulded earthenware but it was their Chintzware range of the 1930s that has caught collectors’ interest.

Chintzware is now very desirable worldwide with breakfast sets and stacking tea sets particularly popular with collectors.

There was a multitude of designs within their Chintzware range, but ‘Hazel’, ‘Julia’ and ‘Sweet Pea’ are among the most collectable now with teapots, biscuit barrels and hot-water jugs being popular. Restoration is unacceptable in Chintzware so it is vital to check for damage, cracks and fading as this affects the price. The base of Royal Winton features an impressed mark (for the 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 with pink and blue flowers.

The value and collectability of Royal Winton ‘Chintzware’ lies in crisp, clear pattern and irregular shapes.