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Spode's Italian pattern surely has to be one of the most recognizable and indeed most iconic designs in the history of transfer printed pottery. It is possibly true to say that almost every home, antique shop, antique show and museum around much of the world has at least one example of this pattern within it. From its inception in 1816, it has largely remained in production until this day and this must be seen as a phenomenal achievement.
TCC member Richard Halliday, sponsored by the Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation and Transferware Collectors Club, has exhaustively documented the history and presentation of this pattern on transfer printed pottery. Halliday has catalogued the extensive collection of Andrew and Adrienne Richards (no relation to the Richards Foundation), but has gone way beyond mere cataloguing and presentation of images. His work encompasses the introduction of Spode's famous Italian pattern. It explores how the pattern was produced and copied by many other potters in the early nineteenth century and it explains how this was allowed in the period prior to the copyright act. Filled with hundreds of color images, Mr. Halliday's work catalogs the different potters producing the pattern and shows the variation in their approach, including shapes, colors, quality of wares, and more.
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Richard Halliday’s latest published work is in hardback form (9” x 6”), presented over 161 pages. It is in full colour and has over 300 images. It tells the story of one of the most famous transfer-printed designs, and also explores the history behind the pattern. There are many historical images, source prints and modern-day photographs and supportive text. The book has four chapters dedicated to the pottery adorned with the Nuneham Courtenay pattern where each item has its own page with many images and full descriptions.
The Nuneham Courtenay or Wild Rose pattern has to be one of the most famous and truly iconic images in the history of pottery design and production. Its longevity of manufacture and quantity bear testament to its success and very few other designs can have this said about them. There is no doubting its success and some of the pieces manufactured in the early period (1815-1830) are as good as you will see in any form of transferware. The potting is fine as is the engraving and the pieces as a whole are superbly executed. As such, they would grace and indeed add to any collection anywhere in the world.
Apart from the fact it was a beautiful pattern having a lovely balance, rustic appeal and such soft and gentle bucolic charms, it had real history behind it too. This particular spot in our green and pleasant land owes its origins to William the Conqueror. Subsequent famous names in history such as Cardinal Wolsey, the Chaucer family and artist J. M. W. Turner have all had dealings with this area. The location as a whole was a very fashionable place for the well-to-do to visit in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The story behind the pattern is absolutely fascinating and one that is full of twists and turns and great names from the past. Finding out about these historical points of interest certainly puts it into context and really brings the pattern to life. This is so much more than just a made-up, boring and inanimate pattern. If you continue reading you will find out its rich history.
In short, enjoy the pattern, learn more about it as it has so much to offer and much more than people often think and give it credit for.
Copies are exclusively available from R & R Halliday at £25 sterling plus shipping.
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THIS little book has been compiled to meet the wants (expressed in hundreds of letters) of those who own old china, particularly old English china, and would like to know more about it, and to stimulate others to whom the fascinations of china collecting are as yet unknown.
There are many more to whom we hope to appeal: – those who are Interested In their country's history during that strenuous time when the colony cast aside its mother's hand and took Its first steps alone. It may well stir our patriotism to look on the plain buildings our ancestors were content to view as " Beauties"; to note the primitive methods of transportation both on land and sea; to revise our knowledge of such famous victories as McDonough's, or Bunker Hill, and to study the rugged features of those who worked and died to make our country what she Is. All this and more may be found within the limits of a collection of "Old Blue."For more information
The Patriot behind the pot: A historical and archaeological study of ceramics, glassware and politics in the Dutch household of the Revolutionary Era: 1780-1815
The Patriot behind the pot tells the story of pottery, people and politics in the Netherlands during a time of great revolutions; revolutions both in a political and industrial sense. This study shows how at the end of the 18th century numerous Dutch people used all kinds of ceramic and glass items in their household as media to convey their political stance in favor of or against the ruling House of Orange. Many of these more than 200 years old politically charged items have been preserved in museum collections. Sporadically, pieces of them are retrieved from archaeological sites as well.
Along with dozens of historical sources and hundreds of other ceramic and glass artifacts that were discarded or lost by their former owners in the same archaeological contexts, these fascinating objects with a certain political meaning have been examined in order to understand the material culture of Dutch Orangists and Patriots in the period around 1800. Apart from a thorough study of late 18th- and early 19th-century ceramics and glassware in the Netherlands, this book presents an extensive catalog of politically charged items from the period 1780-1815. This might help archaeologists, art-historians and collectors to recognize and further study these objects of great historical value.
This book comprises a Master thesis written by Wytze Stellingwerf. In 2017 he graduated at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University. This thesis was nominated for three prizes, respectively the national archaeological W.A. van Es prize, the Leiden University thesis prize and the IISG prize of the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.Purchase book online.
Following the success of the Spode Society Exhibition held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in November 2021, the Catalogue is available to purchase for the sum of £20 plus postage. In full colour, the 196 pages cover the history of the factory and comprehensive information on over 200 ceramic exhibits from all periods of the Spode and Copeland production. This is an ideal addition for the ceramic collectors’ bookshelf, for museum ceramic departments, auctioneers etc. Enquire and order at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authored by Dick Henrywood, this volume is a first foray away from British views, concentrating this time on patterns related to literature. It covers prose, poetry, novels, plays, and their authors, with Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, William Cowper, William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, Lord Byron, James Thomson, Samuel Rogers, and even Virgil and Aesop making guest appearances. The book covers seventeen different series of patterns by makers including Davenport, William Ridgway, John Rogers & Son, Bailey & Ball, T. & R. Boote, Goodwins & Harris, Pountney & Goldney, John Meir, John & Robert Godwin, Joseph Clementson, Dillwyn (Swansea), William Smith & Co. (Stockton) and the Brownhills Pottery Co. There are separate chapters on Shakespeare and Cowper, and a good selection of individual patterns which are not part of any series. Characters encountered include Don Quixote, Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe, Tam O'Shanter, Paul and Virginia, Little Nell, plus, of course, the various characters found in Scott's Waverley Novels. Extending to over 200 pages and with more than 700 illustrations, it is the largest volume to date, printed as before in colour throughout.
In recognition of the support provided by the Transferware Collectors’ Club through the Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Grant, we are pleased to offer a special discount of 20% off the price of the book to all TCC members. If you wish to take up this offer, please send the total cost of $36 (which includes shipping) via Paypal to the address below.
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Website: www.transferprintedpottery.com ISBN 978-0-9926581-3-7 Reynardine Publishing
When Bill Coysh and Dick Henrywood assembled The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery back in 1982 they had no idea how popular the subject was to become. A second volume and books on transferware by other notable authors have followed. The Friends of Blue and the Transferware Collectors’ Club have reported new patterns and much other information, the latter particularly with their website and groundbreaking database of patterns, but there has been no further attempt to assemble our knowledge into reference form. The Transferware Recorder is intended to fill this gap.
Dick Henrywood has been researching transferware for more than three decades and he starts the Recorder with a selection of British views. This volume features the Acorn and Oak Leaf Borders series (Stevenson), the “Antique Scenery” series (Boyle), the Bluebell Border series (Clews), the Briggs Views series, the “British History” series (Jones), the Cheltenham series (Machin), the Cherub Medallion Border series (Herculaneum), the Fruit and Barley Border series, the “Irish Scenery” series (Elkins), the Large Scroll Border series (Riley), the Light Blue Rose Border series (Griffiths, Beardmore & Birks), the Minton Miniature series, the Morning Glory Border series, the Pineapple Border series (Meir), the States Border series (Clews), and the Tulip Border series. Some are well known, others virtually unrecorded; some made for domestic consumption, others for the American market. Every known view is listed, some titled, many identified, nearly all illustrated in colour. In many cases a source print from which the view was copied is also recorded and illustrated. A comprehensive list of items is provided, along with references to illustrations elsewhere.
This is a major new transferware initiative designed to expand into a comprehensive series of reference volumes, essential for collectors, researchers and dealers. For further information about ordering: www.transferprintedpottery.com.
Release date October 2013. Sewn paperback 240 x 170mm. 176 pages. 579 illustrations. Full colour. www.transferprintedpottery.com
Research and printing for this book were supported by the TCC Richards Foundation Research Grant Program. See other Richards Grant projects conducted by Dick Henrywood.Order Here
Volume Three of The Transferware Recorder covers the following series of British views:
- "Beauties of England and Wales" series
- "Belle Vue" series
- Bluebell Border series (Adams)
- Bristol and River Thames series (Pountney)
- "British Scenery" series (Ridgway)
- British Views" series
- Cambridge Colleges series(Mason)
- "Castles" series (Stevenson)
- "Diorama" series
- "English Cities" series (Enoch Wood & Sons)
- Floral City series (Tams)
- Flower Medallion Border series
- Freesia Border series
- "Metropolitan Scenery" series (Bagster/Goodwins)
- Wood's Floral Border series (Enoch Wood & Sons)
Most of these are well known but some are virtually unrecorded; some made for domestic consumption, others for the American market. Every known view is listed, some titled, many identified, nearly all illustrated in colour. In many cases a source print from which the view was copied is also recorded and illustrated. A comprehensive list of items is provided, along with references to illustrations elsewhere.
For full information see www.transferprintedpottery.com
Reynardine Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of a second volume in The Transferware Recorder series. Like its predecessor, Number Two features British views, with another thirteen series to add to the sixteen which appeared in Number One. As before, a wide range of series is covered with some well-known, others virtually unrecorded; some made for domestic British consumption, others aimed predominantly at the American export market; some in light blue, some in dark blue, and some in other colours; some by notable potters such as Clews, Mason, Ridgway, and Enoch Wood & Sons, others by the anonymous but prolific “maker unknown”. The patterns included range in date from around 1820 (the vintage years) right through to the 1880s (the so-called aesthetic period). Including many unusual shapes and a remarkable selection of source prints, there are nearly 600 illustrations to delight the collector.
The Transferware Recorder – Number Two continues to provide an update to Bill Coysh and Dick Henrywood’s standard reference work The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery. This volume features a further selection of thirteen different series of British views. The series covered are the “Anglais” series (William Alsager Adderley), the Angus Seats series (Ridgway), the Beaded Frame Mark series (Mason), the “Clyde Scenery” series (Job & John Jackson), the Crown Acorn and Oak Leaf Border series (John Meir), the Foliage Border series (maker unknown), the “London Views” series (Enoch Wood & Sons), the “Old England” series (maker unknown), the “Panoramic Scenery” series (Ralph Stevenson), the Passionflower Border series (maker unknown), the Rock Cartouche series (Elkin, Knight & Co.), the Rose Border series (Andrew Stevenson), and the “Select Scenery” series (Ralph & James Clews). With a total of another 261 patterns, 594 illustrations, and again much information previously unrecorded including identification of many source prints for the views, this volume is a worthy successor to the initial Number One. For full information see www.transferprintedpottery.com.Order Here
Thomas Rothwell 1740-1807, Copper-Plate Engraver: A Survey of His Life and Work with Particular Reference to His Work at Swansea Pottery
A new publication exploring the work of Thomas Rothwel l—
available for FREE download — the book is the result of some 40 years of research by TCC members Arleen and Grahame Tanner. The publication details the importance of Thomas Rothwell in the transfer printing process and charts the history of one of the most famous engravers of the period.
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This book deals specifically and comprehensively with medical and toilet wares. The book allows for comparison of factories and how the development of the wares changed over time; is divided into shape-specific sections that include, when available, shape book images, source images, and non-transferware pieces for comparison; and include the extent to which the wares were exported.
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For all who own British antique blue-printed pottery, this book is essential reading.
With over 1,000 illustrations (including 12 pages in full colour), each giving full details of maker (where known) and year of manufacture, et cetera, it provides readers with the opportunity to identify their favorite pieces.
In addition, it contains essays by thirteen of the leading authorities on these ceramics, which describe how the wares were made and marketed in all parts of the world, details about each of the manufacturers (including illustrations of the marks used on each item), and information about the patterns used and the sources from which they were derived.
Prepared to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Blue (the Collector's Club), the book contains information and photographs of 700 of the most rare, beautiful, and unusual items from the collections of the members, many of which have never been published before. Those who missed the exhibition at the Wedgwood Museum, where these were exhibited, need not despair for they are all catalogued and illustrated here.
Copies may be ordered direct from Friends of Blue at firstname.lastname@example.org . Price £5.00 per copy, plus postage.
R.C. Bell's excellent 1971 publication is available from various sellers through Amazon Books. This book includes information on and examples from over 100 potteries located in the northeast of England along the rivers Tyne, Wear and Tees. It covers the period from 1740 - 1963. Hundreds of illustrations, marks, and histories of the potteries are featured. There are many transferware examples. More information (from the book's dust jacket).Order at Amazon
This is the tale of a small potworks begun and run by a family of Cornishmen in a bleak outpost of the upper Swansea valley. Right from the start, its relative isolation from the other Swansea potteries ensured it an air of mystery which, in the years following its demise, assumed an almost mythical status.
Its earthenwares, mainly intended as functional or decorative objects for the working classes, have now become venenated symbols of a lost heritage, a physical link rejoining us with a band of workers, a long-demolished factory and a mysterious family who, one by one, drifted away from what they had created.
This book not only describes the contributiion made by Ynysmeudwy to our cenamics heritage but adds a human touch by revealing what the Williamses were about, where they came from and where they went to.
All 31 mainstream transfer patterns are illustrated. There is a focus on transfer variations and on the origin of the copper plates. All aspects of production are covered - hand painted, mocha, sponge decorated etc along with sections on terracotta and other wares. There are chapters on workmens' marks, ownership and workforce and the second section focuses on the lives and times of the mysterious Williams family who began and ran the concern whose efforts were until now lost to history. In all there are 19 chapters with 7 appendices.
The book is an A4-size, 474 page, hardback with 1,100 full colour illustrations, around 5lbs in weight. Purchase price £40 plus postage (currently by UPS to the USA, ca. £25 including insurance, direct from the author (see below).
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A comprehensive soft cover book of 32 pages covering the products of this relatively unknown Welsh Pottery near Swansea.
Fully illustrated in colour with a section on marks. Includes many transfer prints including children’s wares.
This book's press run is sold out but used copies may be available on-line.