In the year after Thorley designed the modernist “Nouvelle” shape he created the more traditional Briar Rose pattern. Its trellis molding around the rim harkens back to eighteenth-century styles. One example seen here features a decal of several strolling ladies, which was taken from Godey’s Ladies’ Book, a popular nineteenth-century magazine. Stiff competition among independent contract designers led Thorley to patent several of his designs in the 1930s.


Plates, Teacup and Saucer, 1931
Briar Rose pattern
Pope-Gosser, American Chinaware Corporation
East Liverpool, Ohio area