Examples of transfer-printed blue and white ceramics


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from 1760 to 1900

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News & Features

Auction Watch
Bonhams Skinner Marlborough, MA

December 20th

Bonhams Skinner Marlborough, MA. will be offering the Flora Rabinovitch collection of Staffordshire blue printed wares. For additional information please contact Stuart Slavid at european@bonhamsskinner.com or 508-970-3278.  Online auction catalogue pending.  More Information.

Fall Research Grant
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Applicants must submit proposals by no later than November 15, 2022. 

The TCC announces additional funding made available through the Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Program for the study of British Transferware. Download application.

Feature Grant Recipient
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2021 Recipient of TCC Research Grant, Juliana Falk, USA
Study Title:  Full Steam Ahead:  A History of Commercial Steamboat Transferware
Abstract:  To catalog and record both archaeological fragments and intact objects of transferware made for use on commercial steamboats in the United States in the 19th century. Read article.

Auction Watch
Pook & Pook Auction

October 5th

The upcoming October 5, 6, & 7 Americana & International Auction at Pook & Pook will feature a large Pennsylvania collection and several smaller collections totaling eighty lots of Historical Blue Staffordshire. For more information about this auction, please visit www.pookandpook.com.

Pattern of the Month
British Birds

This “British Birds” 10 inch plate is part of a series. The maker is unknown. However, the source print for this pattern is from Thomas Bewick’s 1797 book, “A History Of British Birds.” The bird here is a pheasant.

Minton's Folio Friday
Minton's Folio Friday

Folio Friday is an opportunity for ceramic enthusiasts to view some of the amazing artwork found within The Minton Archive’s folios. On the first Friday of every month the archive team selects a special piece of artwork from the Minton company catalogue’s Art & Design section and highlights it on this blog. Click and Enjoy!

Puzzle of the Month
Wedgwood Waterlilies

The Water Lily pattern was originally engraved by the Josiah Wedgwood pottery (1759-2005) in 1808 for printing in brown with enameled decoration as seen in this platter. It was first made with the "botanical" border, and later with gilding on the edge. Read more.

Feature Video
Engravers, artists, artisan, designers, authors, interpreters, life, the universe and everything... video

Lecturer: Dr. Richard Halliday 

Engravers, artists, artisan, designers, authors, interpreters, life, the universe and everything... - presented at the TCC 2019 Annual Meeting in Birmingham, AL Watch video.

Feature Articles
October Feature Articles

Two Newly Identified American Views on Historical Blue Staffordshire by HaydenGoldberg

This is one of four articles authored by transferware collector and researcher Hayden Goldberg and originally published in The Magazine ANTIQUES. 

Database Discoveries #21 The "Uva" Mystery by Leslie Bouterie

The talents of master detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Miss Marple are often needed to decipher the mysteries of transferware patterns.

Feature Books
October Feature Books

Swansea Commemorative Pottery by Helen Hallesy

The focus of the book is on a relatively small group of wares produced at the Swansea potteries in South Wales, generally classed as ‘commemoratives’, sometimes documentary, certainly historical.

True Blue editor Gaye Blake Roberts

For all who own British antique blue-printed pottery, this book is essential reading.

Photo of the Month
Photo of the Month

Spotted during our 2010 meeting in New England.

Dishy News
Dishy News

According to The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880, a sheet pattern is "A pattern which repeats the same motifs all over so that it can be used on any shape without engraving several different copper plates. Read Dishy News.

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