Chinese porcelain was exported to Europe as early as the 1100s, but it was rare and only available to the very wealthy.During the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), a wider variety of designs were exported.Demand for china cups and saucers increased as tea, coffee, and hot chocolate became popular beverages.Each drink demanded its own type of pot, cups, and accessories.The guide gives the reader the essential facts and also tells of the prime movers, the people who started it all and how they got going.Starts with Adams Ironstone Ends with Fürstenberg of Lower Saxony, Germany Includes a short synopsis of each maker - or a link to their individual page.Anything of significance is duly noted in our descriptions and photographed if possible.hotographs in this table of marks, unless otherwise noted, are those that were made by us from actual pieces we currently own or have owned in the past; this table also includes photographs that have been contributed to us by our many viewers.
We investigate the stories of the lesser known makers in our 'china chat' section.
The Public Record office and the British Government tend to enforce these marks and registration numbers.
Companies located outside the UK who have reproduced items, and tried to use a facsimile of the marks or numbering system have been sued, and have had sanctions imposed against them.
This china patterns list contains the most popular patterns that were produced primarily by 19th & early 20th century English Chinaware manufacturers and some popular patterns from Haviland-Limoges, Noritake, and some early American companies such as Royal China, Limoges-Sebring, Canonsburg etc.
Please remember that all of our items are Antique and Vintage and may or may not have the usual minimal utensil marks or slight wear from normal use.