arrangement of items colored and blue transferware

April Feature Articles

Aesthetic Movement Transferware Some Things of Beauty (and Utility)Database Discovery #4 - Aesthetic Movement Transferware Some Things of Beauty (and Utility), by Rita Robbins

The Aesthetic Movement patterns are distributed into six sub-categories at this time: Birds, Border Only, Cartouches, Floral, Japanesque and Other. My intent here is to show a few of the unusual patterns in some of those categories. Perhaps it will entice you to look further at this section, which is one of the youngest in the database (patterns generally date between the late 1870’s to the cutoff in this database of 1900). Perhaps because of this “youth”, there have been no definitive books written on the Aesthetic Movement in transferware. This too was a discovery, and has made research more difficult, with a lot of “Maker unknowns” and “TCC Assigned Names” in the entries. Read the article.



American Historical Transferware Treasures at the SmithsonianAmerican Historical Transferware Treasures at the Smithsonian, by Peggy Sutor, et al

On Friday, October 21, 2011, TCC members had the fantastic opportunity to view selected items from the Ellouise Baker Larsen Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. The collection, much more extensive than the 30 pieces we were able to view, was donated by Larsen in 1962. It is rarely on public view. Those fortunate enough to view the collection were attendees of the four-day Annual TCC Conference, which was held in Baltimore. Read the article.