We may need to slow down here. Firstly, Beauties has been clearly identified as a series pattern which happens to have one (or more?) scenes of a lady with a falcon. It was made by J B, who may be James Beech of Tunstall, although this series is rather better quality than much of his output and could also be a bit later than he was potting. It is not, however, John Ridgway, as that attribution obviously arose from a misreading of badly printed initials.
Most importantly, the scene on the small plate and treacle jar you posted Debra, is not the same as Beauties, so has nothing to do with JB or JR. It is a more romantic and less classical scene. I was interested to see the plate as we have previously had a treacle jar printed in that design in a pale mauve, but had not seen other wares. The treacle jar you illustrate Debra was sold at an auction at Penrith Farmers in England on 29th June 2005, but you probably know that as the image posted is from their catalogue. I can provide an url to a page for a similar treacle jar for anybody interested, but am prevented by the rules of this notice board from listing it directly here.
So we have a maker, who made treacle jars and small plates in this falconry pattern, but not many clues. One is that treacle jars appear to have been made only at potteries in Yorkshire. As I wrote in an article a few years ago
"The exact location of the Pudsey treacle mines in Yorkshire is known to only a few and we have yet to meet anybody, who can claim to have visited them and personally witnessed the tricky, dangerous task of extracting the raw treacle from the underground caverns.
Treacle jars or pots are said by some to be unique to Yorkshire, perhaps because of the proximity of the famous mines. Certainly, these jars and pots do not turn up that frequently and do seem to be found most often in Yorkshire or originate from a source in that county."
To fully understand the meaning behind those lines you need to appreciate English folk-lore and irony! Leaving aside though the entertainment value of the Pudsey Treacle Mines it does seem the case that the manufacture of treacle jars was unique to Yorkshire. I would welcome any evidence that suggests this belief is wrong.
So that leaves us with a lady and falcon pattern made by an unidentified Yorkshire potter. Like Debra, I would love to learn his identity.
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