Shape Type: Dinner & Dessert Wares

Pattern Type: Animals

Date: 1830-1835


  • Length: 17.50 in (44.45 cm)
  • Width: 14.50 in (36.83 cm)

Maker: Ralph & James Clews

Maker's Mark:



The London Zoological Gardens opened on April 27, 1828 as a center for scientific research. The Staffordshire potters, always seeking to capitalize on popular culture, produced series that depicted the zoo.  Clews produced Zoological Gardens that showed different center patterns on almost each size and shape, usually copied from lithographs and books of the early zoo.  Seen here is the Brahmin-Bull House.  The pattern is also found on an 11 inch beaded rim bowl.  The outside of the bowl shows the Otter Cavern and Pond (seen on a plate in this exhibit).