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Catching Butterflies in Burslem 

As a collector one is supposed to have focus and collect a particular category of objects. 

But as the child (that none of us completely outgrow) (i hope) I enjoyed chasing butterflies. Yellow ones that came in pairs, small purple and grey ones and the designer monarchs. 

So every now and then I bought a purcecthat is not a category I understand at all – simply because it caught my eye. 

Hete is a flea market piece acquired in 2002 in Singapore. 

Made in Burslem, UK it somehow moved to Singapore. Then with me it moved to Mumbai where it survived our busy home filled with 1husbanf, 3 kids, 1 dog, 1 cat and live-in staff. And now it rests in Goa awaiting our minthlg visits. 

And a piece of paper that was discovered in the jug : 

“Fine earthenware and Chine

Made at Burslem

c 1882-1902”

More on Burslem from

It is notes like these that make the butterfly chase a vety enjoyable engagement! 

Photos of the bottom:

jaina mishra


3 comments on “Catching Butterflies in Burslem 

  1. Joyce Herold
    June 10, 2018

    Re your art blog on June 2: I like to imagine the blue flowered jug from Burslem was brought to Asia at great effort by the wife of a Brit in the consular corps or the overseas trade. The very similar “Calico” pattern of blue transfer ware is made by several Staffordshire companies, is quite collectible and many pieces found for sale on the internet. Your’s is much more special, however, in the angular network and two blues, top and bottom. It is bold and perfect. I can’t find it in keys to china patterns. For collectors, could you tell if there is a maker’s mark on the base of the vessel? But many such pieces from early periods are unmarked.

  2. wovensouls
    June 10, 2018

    Thank you for the insight.

    I’ve added photos of the bottom.

  3. wovensouls
    June 10, 2018

    It willbe wonderful if the signs mean something to you!

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