Moss Rose - An Historical Pattern
inOctober 18, 2012 - 12:42pm
The Moss Rose pattern is a design that was named for an heirloom variety of rose, which became popular in the Victorian era. Moss Rose items can be decorated as either a transfer-ware pattern or fully hand painted. This popular pattern is not restricted to porcelain and pottery dishware and accessories, but for purposes of this article, we will concentrate on those areas.
A Moss Rose pattern typically depicts one or more pink flowers, usually in a closed bud or semi-open bloom. The green stems and leaves often have an evergreen color with reddish brown highlights, sawtooth type edge leaves and 'hairy' or wispy components that look similar to moss.
Each manufacturer made their own subtle changes to the design, but it will almost always have these components.
Moss Rose was first introduced as a dinnerware/china pattern some time around the beginning of the 1800's. It is said to have originated in England, where 'society' made it popular. As the popularity of the pattern grew, the result was production by several different companies in many different countries. Some of the most productive manufacturers were in England, France and Japan.
Popularity of the Moss Rose pattern waned in the early 1900's but it was revived in post-war Japan and it became a popular American import up to the 1960's. The newer adaptations featured bolder colors than most of the early versions, which tended toward softer colors.
Due to the centuries of popularity of this pattern, there are many ways it can be collected, which adds to the fun! Subcategories can include collecting by types of pieces (such as teapots), age, or by manufacturer and/or country of origin. The range of products available over the years is staggering. In addition to dinnerware, one can find glassware, giftware, smoking accessories, souvenirs, decorative pieces, etc.
I hope you've found this blog informative, and I invite you to see the selection of Moss Rose dinnerware we're offering in our shop!
Written by Anita
Cousins Antiques on Ruby Lane