Durham Ox - Maker Unknown

The Durham Ox Series of patterns was printed on dinner and dessert wares.  To date, the maker of the pattern remains unknown. Printed in blue, the designs primarily consist of farmyard scenes framed with the same border of floral tracery which is separated from the central scene by a wide band of geometric stringing.  The name for the series is derived from one scene printed on platters of two different sizes for which the source print has been identified:  It is the Durham Ox with John Day taken from an engraving by J. Whessell after a painting by T. Boultbee, published in 1802. Large platters with this pattern are highly sought after by collectors and, in good condition, command a high price. Examples of this pattern with its source print are included in this section.