Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Maling Ginormous Red Transferware Teapot

Today I am sharing one of my favorite transferware pieces.  It is a huge teapot by Maling of Newcastle on Tyne. 

The Maling potteries were in business from 1762 to 1963 and claimed, at one time, to be the largest pottery in the world.

The pattern is  very much like Asiatic Pheasants, which was produced by a number of potters, and Stratford by Masons.
You can read more about Asiatic Pheasants HERE
I love the butterfly and the pheasant.

 Here, for size comparison, I have placed a Masons teapot next to my Maling teapot.

My teapot has this stamp on the bottom.  This stamp was in use by Maling between 1920 and 1963 when the factory closed.  There are some variations of this stamp, including the words 'Made In England' which will always indicate that a piece was made after 1921.  I think my teapot was probably made in 1920 because the stamp has only the word England on the bottom.

Maling Pottery Stamps


Impressed mark used after the factory moved to Newcastle in 1817. The names "Maling" and "Robert Maling" may also be found impressed in a straight line.
The "bell in wreath" transfer was used by both Robert Maling and his son. It survives into the 1890s. (Obviously, the initials changed from RM to CTM.) Sometimes the bell does not appear.
An impressed C.T. MALING mark used from circa 1853, when C.T. Maling took over the factory.
The impressed CTM triangle mark first used in the last quarter of the 19th century but surviving through into the early years of the 20th century.
The transfer printed CTM triangle mark: dates as above. (Christopher Thompson Maling died in 1901.) The subsequent "Cetem" mark (see below) is a phonetic tribute to C.T. Maling & Sons.
Castle surrounded by sunburst and "Cetem Ware", first registered in 1908 and used through until the 1930s. Also found without the sunburst, particularly on whitewares such as jelly moulds.
A typical Maling castle mark used from the 1920s through to the factory's closure in 1963. Several variations exist, and the words "Estd 1762", "'Newcastle-on-Tyne", or "Made in England" may or may not accompany the castle.
A mark frequently found on 1930s/40s pieces, including "Art" wares, plaques and commemoratives.

Here is a sneak peek at where I will permanently display the teapot on my kitchen hutch, along with other red transferware teapots, coffeepots and pitchers. 

 Maling collectors are often in search of the factory's highly decorated lustre ware.

Another collectible by Maling are advertising crocks, such as marmalade jars made for Keillers, like this one.  I have one in my kitchen and use it to hold odds and ends.  

Transferware Tea Caddies by Maling, which were produce for Rington's, a northeastern tea company, are also highly sought and collectible.

Maling History

The Maling family, originally French Huguenots who fled their native country in the 16th century to escape religious persecution, settled in England where they became prosperous merchants. 

The first Maling pottery was established near Sunderland,  in 1762 by William Maling. William had interests in timber, shipping and coal with which the development of a pottery business fitted well. Pots fired in kilns heated by the local coal could be exported in his ships. 

The Maling business was continued by William's descendants who relocated the factory to Newcastle building a succession of larger works. The last of these works, the Ford B pottery, was begun in 1878 and occupied a 14 acre site. (This and its predecessor, the Ford A pottery, were named after Mary Ford, the daughter of an Edinburgh glass manufacturer, who had married into the Maling family.)  The driving force behind the business expansion was Mary's husband, Christopher Thompson Maling. It is his initials which form one of the company's early factory marks: CTM which was inscribed vertically inside a triangle. Later, this was extended into the trade name "Cetem Ware" when the company adopted its well known trademark of a castle in the early years of the 20th century. 

The last member of the Maling family to be actively involved in the pottery was Frederick Theodore, who died in 1937.  The Maling name continued to be used as a trademark until the factory finally closed in 1963. 

The outbreak of war in 1939 marked the beginning of a long decline in the Maling factory. Many workers were called up for military service, and wartime restrictions prevented decorative ware being produced for the home market. 

The factory was eventually sold to new owners, but struggled to compete against foreign competition because of its depleted workforce and outdated equipment. The contract to supply crockery to the London and North Eastern Railway Company was lost to a Japanese firm who were able to undercut Maling's price by 75 per cent. 

 When the factory closed its doors for the last time in June 1963, the headline in the local Newcastle Journal read - "Competition kills city firm". 

My Maling teapot measures 16" wide.  I have it here on my hutch with two Jumbo transferware cups and saucers.

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  1. I love red transferware. I haven't found any Masons Vista for years. Your collection is stunning. I love the butterfly/pheasant Maling teapot. Thank you for sharing some of your red transferware.
    - Joy

  2. Wow Nancy! So fascinating! I love hearing about all this. You really know your transferware. The tea pot is gorgeous, and as you say, so large! You would not run out of tea with that pot! Your entire collection is so beautiful sitting all together on your hutch.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Wow,wow, wow! This huge tea pot is too beautiful and loooove the big size! Never seen anything in pottery this big! All the dishes you carry are just gorgeous, I wonder how much it costs, a set for 8 places in the red?! hum...

  4. Fabulous. All of the pieces are absolutely stunning and the vignettes are gorgeous. You do have some of the most wonderful pieces and I love learning the history. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  5. I've never seen a teapot that huge! Quite impressive. I loved reading all the details about it.

  6. Hi Nancy,
    Well, I am simply swooning here over the teapot. Indeed, all your red pieces are swoon worthy! I adore red transferware and I always look for it when I'm out and about. It's very hard to find here though. The history of Maling pottery I found fascinating! Your tea caddies are stunning as well. I love any colour in transferware.
    A lovely and interesting post. Thank you for sharing it with Tea Time and have a wonderful week.


  7. You have a lovely kitchen hutch filled with red transferware. any time it needs a new home let me know. Love your beautiful posts.
    Stella B.

  8. Nancy, that is such a massive teapot. I think that support piece on the spout is interesting. Backstamps can tell us so much... I think it's an interesting way to learn about history.

  9. This teapot is beautiful! I love its sillhouette.

  10. Nancy, this pot is amazing. I've never seen one that large. It makes the perfect centerpiece for your shelves of red transfer ware. I love the look of all your pieces grouped there together. I could sit and study this for a bit, which is just what I'm going to do once I send this on to you. ~ Sarah

  11. That is an amazing teapot!!! I've never seen a vintage one so large.

    - The Tablescaper

  12. Hi Nancy: I just love that Tea Pot I have never seen one before. I will haveto keep my eyes open for some. You alway share such beautiful things. Today is no different. Have a great week. Blessings always, Martha

  13. Such a pretty tea pot, it looks great in your beautiful kitchen hutch Nancy:@)

  14. I'm so glad to see you're able to post again. I really enjoy them all. Your girls' room is just beautiful.

    I'm beginning to share your love for transferware. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.


  15. What an exquisite teapot! Thank you for sharing this with us.

  16. I love all your red and white transferware! Actually,all your dishes are beautiful.


  17. I just heart your red and white collection! Stunning post:)

    RAINBOW-The Colours of India

  18. I love transferware, though I only have a few pieces of blue. The red is my second favorite, even though I have no red in my house. Thanks for sharing the history of these pieces. That teapot is really lovely.

  19. Your teapot is wonderful -- and it is nice to have a large pot for a large group! And the next best thing to blue and white transferware is red transferware!

  20. I am drooling over your teapot collection, I love red tranferware and a teapot is on top of my wishlist, The giant one is really the queen here, Love!!

  21. Hello there Nancy,

    What a delight to have you partake with our tea parties at TTTT and also for my 84th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two', once again! ~ Your fabulously pretty pink, cranberry and white transfer ware, oversize teapot was amazing as was your entire collection! Your beautiful blue and white tea caddies were exceptional as well!

    I hope your cleanup and move have proved ultimately to be rewarding and successful! Your daughters bedroom turned out amazingly well! Good for you Nancy! If any one could transform a house in need of TLC and turn it into a ravishing beauty, you could!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

  22. Love your collection. Happy Pink Saturday!

  23. Wow, that is a gorgeous and huge teapot! You have so many pretty transferware pieces! Happy PS and have a wonderful weekend!

  24. Very interesting and educational! Thanks and Happy Pink Saturday! ~Marti

  25. Love your hutch and the teapot looks perfect sitting in the middle.

  26. Your maling teapot is gorgeous!

  27. I have a huge Maling transferware cup and saucer. Were these really made to go with the large teapot?

  28. I had saved the link to your blog when I saw this one day but forgot to comment, or thought I did but I don't see it.
    I have one of these in blue! It was given to me by an internet friend, whom I'd never met in person, after she was cleaning out her mother's house and came across this. Since she knew I loved all things tea, she offered it to me.
    I am so glad to know more about it. We often fantasize what it might have been for: a window display? For a butler to carry around and serve many cups in a restaurant? I know I could barely carry it empty, much less full of tea. So good to know more about it.


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