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Post  Jonno on Mon 11 Feb - 14:17

Spotted this the other day and spent up large to be able to compare (50c)
Exactly the same design in a different colour tone. Did the bright New Zealand Sun fade the colours?? Smile Smile Smile Smile

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Post  Ev on Mon 11 Feb - 17:28

So are these both English lithographs do you think Jonno?
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Post  Jonno on Mon 11 Feb - 21:58

Hi Ev,
No I think that both plates have been printed by one of the plate printing techniques
that were used by Crown Lynn in New Zealand and obviously Johnson's in England.

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Post  Ev on Tue 12 Feb - 19:44

Do you mean the Murray Curvex machine?
I need lessons on what that machine could do, as I thought it must have been involved with the Earthstone range, but it doesn't look like it was.
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Post  Jonno on Tue 12 Feb - 22:28

Yes I think Murray-Curvex could have been the machine that was used. I have rather vague memories of seeing it being used at Crown Lynn and the design was transferred from the inked printing plate to a rubber hemisphere which then rotated and pressed down onto the bisque plate which the operator had placed in position after removing the previously printed plate. In this Roydon design there are two colours so each plate would have been printed twice the first colour being the Orange.

If you look at the print with a strong glass you can see the typical slightly uneven print of colour caused by the use of the flexible rubber hemisphere at the same time it is clear that this is a solid or line print not a half-tone as would be the case with a litho printed transfer.

I recall when first sighting the machine in operation it looked very much as though the bisque plate would be broken as this big half ball came down onto it.

Hope this makes sense?
Here is some more info which may help
http://www.thepotteries.org/walks/burgess/36.htm


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