Shape Type: Dinner & Dessert Wares

Pattern Type: Animals

Date: 1810-15


  • Height: 2.38 in (6.0452 cm)
  • Length: 21.00 in (53.34 cm)
  • Width: 16.00 in (40.64 cm)

Maker: Unknown


A large earthenware well and tree platter printed in a pattern given the name Durham Ox with John Day. The same pattern was used on a large platter without a well (also included in this exhibit). It is one of  least nine known patterns in the series printed on dinner and dessert items. This pattern is only found on large platters.  Its source is a hand colored stipple engraving by T. Whessell after a painting by T. Boultbec. The engraving was published in 1802. The gentleman seen in the pattern is believed to be John Day of Harmston near Lincoln who was both the owner of the animal and the publisher of the engraved print. The breeders of the Durham Ox were the brothers Charles and Robert Colling of Ketton Farm in 1796. John Day is said to have acquired the animal in 1802 when the animal was 6 years of age.  Reference: The Durham Ox by Norman Comben, Adlard Print & Reprographics, Nottingham, 2007.  The source print is included below.

For more examples form the Durham Ox Series, click on the Series link below