The late 1800s - Maling goes 'up-market'
By the late 1880s, CT Maling had been joined in the business by his three
sons. Possibly at their suggestion, the factory, while still producing
a prodigious amount of white wares, began to take a bigger interest in
decorated domestic wares.
New patterns were introduced, perhaps from in-house designers. What is certain
is that, in the 1890s, Maling employed their first designer
who can be named with confidence. He was a Frenchman - a Mr Miguet - and
he was brought in not only for his design skills, but also to supervise
the factory's move into the production of colour transfer-printed wares.
Previously, any colour - if required - had been applied by hand, as can
be seen in the example of a 'Ming & Chang' pattern mug, below left.
This technique continued in tandem with colour lithography.
Mr Miguet specialised in flowers and, in a further drive to go 'up-market',
his designs were applied not only to pottery, but also to porcelain items
which Maling imported either from Staffordshire or even Limoges from around
the start of the new (i.e. 20th) century. The tea cup is a typical example
and dates from approximately 1900.