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Ralph Hall

Swan Bank, Tunstall, Staffordshire 1802 - 1849

John & Ralph Hall 1802 - 1822
Ralph Hall 1822 - 1836 Swan Bank, Tunstall
Ralph Hall & Son 1836 - 1841
Ralph Hall & Co 1841 - 1849

Ralph Hall worked in partnership with his brother John originally at the Sytch Pottery in Burslem, but after 1811 Ralph took over Swan Banks Works at Tunstall and was responsible for production there. As early as 1814 it is suggested that they were more or less working independently, although the partnership was not dissolved until 1822. Ralph continued to trade in his own name until taking his son into partnerhip in 1836 and then restyling the title again to R.Hall & Co in 1841. The company ceased trading c1849 and the Swan Banks Works were taken over by Podmore Walker & Co in 1853. The company was heavily involved in the North American market and there is evidence of cooperation with the Podmore Walker company in that respect and possibly in other respects. Ralph was responsible for the production of two major series of patterns, in blue, the Select Views Series and the Picturesque Views Series and a number of other individual patterns of various styles and colours possibly having to change his source material after the Copyright Act of 1842. Marks accorded to him include;

  • HALL Generally attributed to the partnership with his brother 1802 - 1822
  • R.HALL (poss. 1814) 1822 -1841
  • R.HALL & SON 1836 - 1841
  • R.HALL & CO. 1841 - 1849
  • R.H. & CO. 1841 - 1849

These could be printed or impressed. They are recorded as working in earthenwares but the Select Views Series includes in the cartouche STONE CHINA.

Listed Patterns

R.Hall's Select Views Series
  • Biddulph castle, Staffordshire
  • Boughton House, Northamptonshire
  • Bramber Church, Sussex
  • Castle Prison, St Albans, Hertfodshire
  • Church of St. Charles and Polytechnic School Vienna, Germany
  • Conway Castle, Caernarvonshire, Wales
  • Eashing Castle, Surrey
  • Gyrn, Flintshire, Wales
  • The Hospital near Poissy, France
  • Knole, Kent
  • Laxton Hall, Northamptonshire
  • Luscombe, Devonshire
  • Oatlands, Surrey
  • Pain's Hill, Surrey
  • Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire
  • Valle Crusis Abbey, Wales
  • Warleigh House, Somersetshire
  • Wilderness, Kent
  • Worcester Cathedral (Untitled)
R.Hall's Picturesque Scenery Series
  • Alton Abbey, Staffordshire, England
  • Broadlands, Hampshire
  • Cashiobury, Hertfordshire
  • Croe House
  • Crome Court, Worcester
  • Cilford Hall, Suffolk
  • Dreghorn House, Scotland
  • Dunsany Castle, Ireland
  • Fulham Church, Middlesex
  • Klostenburg, Germany
  • Llanarth Court, Monmouthshire
  • Norwich Catherdral, Norfolk
  • Palace of St. Cloud, France
  • Palace of St. Germain, France
  • Panshanger, Hertfordshire
  • St.Woolston's Kildare, Ireland
  • Terwin Water, Hertfordshire
  • Trematon Castle, Cornwall
  • Worcester Cathedral

Other Patterns

  • Asiatic Pheasants
  • The Bosphoros
  • Carolina
  • Chapoo
  • Italian Buildings
  • Sardinia
  • Sheltered Peasants
  • Singanese
  • Variety

Patterns listed in red are illustrated below

Select Views Series

English Blue Transferware,Ralph Hall,Select Views,

Eashing House, Surrey

Pain's Hill Surrey

English Blue Transferware,Ralph Hall,Select Views,

Warleigh House, Somerset

English Blue Transferware,Ralph Hall,Select Views,

Church of St.Charles and Polytechnic School, Vienna, Germany

Picturesque Views Series

English Blue Transferware,Ralph Hall,Picturesque Views,


Other Patterns

English Blue Transferware,Ralph Hall,The Bosphorus

The Bosphoros

English Red Transferware,Ralph Hall,Italian Buildings English Blue Transferware,Ralph Hall,Italian Buildings
English Blue Transferware,Ralph Hall,Italian Buildings

Italian Buildings

English Blue Transferware,Ralph Hall,Pottery Mark
English Blue Transferware,Ralph Hall,Sheltered Peasants

Sheltered Peasants

English Red Transferware,Ralph Hall, Sardinia


English Blue Transferware,Ralph Hall,Singanese


English Blue Transferware,Ralph Hall,Pottery Mark