You made it, wholesaled or retailed it or used it in your catering establishment. We can almost certainly exclude the third option here as the patterns and ages of pieces vary too much for a catering establishment, they tended to stick to one or two patterns at the most and generally such markings were later in time.
Impressed and printed backstamps for Linan are reported and at this period that almost certainly says a maker, but there is no Linan anywhere, making earthenware, least of all Grazing Rabbits, Willow and Wild Rose.
Linan is not a common surname, so it should be easy by working through genealogical records to find a maker or wholesaler, who fits, except there is nobody who fits! It is an Irish name and also a Spanish name, which appears in all those countries speaking Spanish and also possibly a German name, which rather broadens the search!
Irish genealogy is not easy, for historic reasons, and even a search through trade directories revealed nothing, until I came across Wilson's Dublin Directory published by John Watson Stewart over a long period 1780ish to 1844 I think, until I can check it out in detail. There in the 1815 edition was J Linan, Glass, China & Earthenwarehouse at 12 Dawson Street and 9 Temple-bar, Dublin, so that must be the mysterious Linan?
He may appear in other editions, just need the time to check it out!
I am 75% certain we are about to answer the other puzzle of Withers on Durham Ox, as he will appear as another Dublin wholesaler or retailer.
It all still leaves the big question. How did these Dublin dealers carry so much clout that they could have their names marked on the back at such an early date? The key part of the puzzle is which maker(s) had such close connections with Linan and Withers, that they agreed not to put on their own makers names, but substituted the names of these wholesalers or retailers instead, because that might answer the question, who made Durham Ox and Grazing Rabbits?
This is very much work in progress, but I sense we have found Mr Linan?
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