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These Romantic Period black and brown transferware patterns were popular in the mid-19th century and are still favorites with 21st century designers. The TCC Database of Patterns and Sources contains more that 4,600 records of black, gray and brown patterns. Access to the database is one of the many benefits of club membership.
Ex Mario Buatta Collection, compliments of Stair Galleries and Restoration Inc.
A selection of blue and white transfer-printed patterns from several design categories and periods. These examples and more than 16,000 additional patterns can be found in the TCC's Database of Patterns and Sources. Access to the database is one of the many benefits of club membership.
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Transfer-printed earthenware tiles were produced in many different colors with a variety of themes. More than 1,100 different patterns are currently recorded in the TCC's Database of Patterns and Sources. Access to the database is one of the many benefits of club membership.
Printed and painted transferware for children was produced by most factories in a wide range of shapes and colors. They were often designed to instruct as well entertain, covering a wide range of topics from children's activities to family life, the ABC's, and even lessons on behavior and morality. The potteries also produced items to be given as gifts to children, often with greetings from parents, grandparents and other family members and friends. The TCC Database of Patterns and Sources has recorded more than 2470 children's patterns.
Tools used for engraving copper-plates for printing changed little over the first 150 years of transfer printing on ceramics. Shown here are the engraving tools (seen on the left), an engraved copper-plate, the printed tissue paper used for transferring the pattern onto a blank plate, and the finished printed plate. The pattern shown here is the popular Nuneham Courtenay pattern. It is also known as the Wild Rose pattern, referring to the border design.
In the 1820s chrome green became available as a color for under-glaze printing. This grouping of transfer-printed patterns in green illustrates the subtle color variations that were produced by British factories. The TCC Database of Patterns and Sources has more than 530 examples printed in green. Club membership includes free access to this database.
A grouping of transfer-printed and painted jugs with pink luster added. The TCC Database of Patterns and Sources offers more than 4,150 printed and painted, multi-color and polychrome patterns. Access to the database is one of the many benefits of club membership.
Montpelier's team of historical archaeologists rely on the TCC's Database of Patterns and Sources to identify patterns and makers of transfer-printed wares unearthed on the grounds of President James Madison's estate. Using the TCC's Database, researchers were able to identify sherds found in Dolley Madison's midden as Davenport's Bamboo and Peony pattern, shown here. Marked items enabled researchers to date the pieces and confirm that a dinner service in this pattern was used for dining at Montpelier. Photos by Larry Bouterie with permission of the Montpelier Foundation.
Images of James Madison and Dolley Madison: Complements of the White House Collection/White House Historical Association.
These Romantic Period examples of purple transferware can be found among the nearly 600 patterns printed in this color that are recorded in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. Access to the database is just one of many benefits the club offers its members.
Ex Collection Mario Buatta, compliments of Stair Galleries and Restoration Inc.
A fine selection of red and pink transfer-printed earthenware with Romantic Period themes. The TCC database has more than 570 pink and red pattern records in the Romantic category. Access to the club's Database of Patterns and Sources is included with annual membership.
This selection of transfer-printed ceramics illustrates the variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns British factories used to produce useful and decorative wares. The Transferware Collectors Club Database of Patterns and Sources currently offers its members free access to more than 16,000 well-researched pattern records and more than 1,000 pattern source documents. New pattern records are added weekly by knowledgeable category experts who volunteer their time to enhance and expand this valuable member benefit.